This is a 24 hour course taught over 3 days (8 hours per day) and includes both a conventional 16-Hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification through Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) as well as more than 8 hours of herbal first aid training. Herbal First Aid information is integrated into the curriculum every day in order to create a holistic model of remote or post-disaster care that emphasizes the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments. This tuition for this course includes two books: 1) “Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations” 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett Press 2) “The Herbal Medic” Practical use of herbs for home, remote or post-disaster environments, by Sam Coffman 16-Hour WFA certification subjects include:
• Primary and secondary survey
• Extrication – Field expedient methods for moving a victim, basic knot/lashing concepts
• Diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life-threatening situations
• Splinting & bandaging plus ankle and knee stabilization for walking
• High altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries
• Disease and infection
• Snake and insect bites & stings
• Shock • Head injuries
• Water purification & fluid replacement
• First Responder planning, building first aid kits and more
Herbal First Aid subjects include:
• Fundamental herbal care concepts – the necessary shift in thinking
• Wound Care and Infection Management using herbs
• Injury, shock, pain and herbs
• Respiratory herbal first response
• Gastrointestinal herbal first response
• Urinary herbal first response
• Planning, preparing and administering herbs Hands-on training and practice is emphasized very strongly throughout this 3-day intensive.
The certification testing for ECSI is both hands-on (done as teams) and a written test. Wilderness first aid certification is provided by ECSI, which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). A national ECSI certification card is issued which is valid for 2 years.
Sam Coffman began his medical education in the military as a U.S. Special Forces Medic (aka Green Beret medic) in 1989. At that same time, he became highly interested in herbalism as a way to provide health care in remote regions with a minimum of medical supplies, both for acute care and trauma as well as for chronic conditions.
This was the start of a long journey into the world of plant medicine for Sam, and after 1000’s of clinical hours as both a medic on teams and in military emergency rooms, as well as working with herbs throughout following decades, Sam’s primary goal has become the creation of an integrative medical model that embraces both vitalistic and mechanistic aspects of herbalism into a collaboration with allopathic (orthodox) models of diagnosis and treatment.
Sam founded and runs a survival and herbalism school, The Human Path, offering classes throughout central Texas, as well as Herbal Medics, a non-profit organization, which are both focused on providing herbal and integrative health care education and treatment in remote and disaster areas around the world. Sam also teaches survival and austere medicine to doctors, nurses and other medical staff who are preparing to embark into disaster-relief areas around the world.
Dates: July 29-31, 2016