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Travel First Aid


Definition:  "Golden Hour" = when from illness/injury occurrence time, to arrival at a comprehensive medical care facility, is one hour.  This is not just transport time.

This includes / incorporates:

  • time for someone to assess and start treating the illness / injury,
  • time to determine that evacuation is necessary,
  • time to plan evacuation to a comprehensive medical care facility, and
  • time to execute and complete the evacuation.


Travel First Aid = "Beyond the Golden Hour First Aid"

When one falls ill / becomes injured and is anywhere on the planet beyond the "Golden Hour" (see above), someone has to give extra care to that patient -- sometimes including care-giving steps that EMTs are neither taught nor allowed to do -- or else the patient might not fully recover. 


Instead of the term "Beyond the Golden Hour First Aid" (kinda clunky!), we use the term "Wilderness First Aid"

Wilderness First Aid -- whether in a remote wilderness, rural area in the USA or abroad, or urban disaster zone -- teaches care-giving steps for treating patients during, and much beyond the Golden Hour.  Some skills taught are not part of the EMT course curriculum.

No prerequisite requirements to take the wilderness first aid course.


Bonus for International Travel-interested Folks

MEDIC has crafted a highly-detailed multi-page handout for folks who indicate interest in travel first aid when signing up for a MEDIC SOLO Wilderness First Aid course.

The International Travel Handout includes:

  • Preparing and packing for safe travel abroad
  • Preventing problems:  steps one can take before, as well as during travel
  • Identifying and treating many common travel-related illnesses

Availability:  the handout references and ties in to some of the topics taught and hands-on practiced in the wilderness first aid course, so it is not available as a standalone item.  It's free and only available when attending the MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid Certification Course.



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Learn how to save life & limb when / where pro help is not immediately available.

"Wilderness" = Time of injury/illness to hospital arrival > 1 hour.

= Natural or rural area, remote travel, and natural or terrorist disaster zones

 when & where EMS is overwhelmed, and cellphone towers are jammed.


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