UREC to prepare students with wilderness first aid

Course to teach students about real world scenarios

By Adriana Ibarra
On January 17, 2014

University Recreation is offering a new American Red Cross certification on Jan. 18 and 19 at the ASU Lake House and Facility.

"The Wilderness and Remote First Aid course is designed to help students learn extended first aid skills," Outdoor Adventures Manager Ian Brown said.

Participants will get hands on experience and practice real time judgment and decision making in a realistic situation, Brown said.

"Our primary goals for this is helping our staff become better equipped with the skills, practice and knowledge to effectively handle a number of different situations they may come across," he said.

Any student is welcome to participate and many students who are attending are doing it to become more experienced in the field so if they go do something out there they are better prepared, Brown said.

"This course provides an opportunity for the students to further their knowledge in not only first aid but technical first aid," Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures Carlea Ulrich said.

The Wilderness and Remote First Aid course strives to be as realistic as possible with different scenarios such as sprains, injuries, and even fake blood, she said.

"This is the second time we have had something like this and it was well received by students last year," Brown said.

The reason behind the course being as realistic as possible is so that when these scenarios happen in real life an individual won't be too shocked at the sight of it and be able to calmly follow what they learned at the course, she said.

"If a student is going to be in the wilderness for any reason I believe that attending this course would be a step in the right direction," senior Josue Rodriguez said.

One can never be too prepared in any situation and with this course a student can learn the necessary steps in possibly saving someone's life, he said.

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