PROVIDING FIRST AID IN AN OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT
By: Mark Powell
Getting outdoors to enjoy our hobbies is a healthy way to spend our time, but whether you are a walker, climber, horse rider, orienteer, angler, mountain biker or trail runner, all outdoor activities carry inherent risks and dangers. Providing first aid in the outdoor environment provides a number of additional challenges not faced in the home, office or urban setting.
While the principles of first aid remain the same, the practical application of those principles will vary depending on the environment. In this article, we are going to look at first aid application in the outdoor environment, where emergency medical services (EMS) may be a couple of hours away. For example, when running or hiking in a local forest or climbing, cycling or horse riding at a large national park. We will not cover cases where help is more than a couple of hours or even days away, such as climbing a remote or very high peak, sailing across the Atlantic, etc. In these cases, the considerations are even greater. For a situation such as this, we are now looking more at wilderness first aid, which is a more specialized field.
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