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Every Broadreach program combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. We offer an array of certifications and credentials on every trip. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
Belize Wilderness Emergency Medicine offers 2 public health college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and 20+ hours of documented community service.
ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT
This course includes all topics covered in a Wilderness Advanced First Aid course plus numerous additional topics, case studies, patient assessment drills, and a final simulation. Mornings will be devoted to lectures and afternoons will be devoted to practical hands-on sessions and rescue simulations. Instructors will use made-up victims, stage blood and video taping as means for enhanced learning.
- Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate competency in assessing a patient, handling emergencies, and utilizing Basic Life Support equipment and procedures to the level of certification.
- Determine blood pressure and lung sounds
- Demonstrate the ability to perform CPR, control hemorrhaging, properly assess and stabilize an injured spine, manage fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries, reduce simple dislocations, cleanse and dress wounds, and manage environmental emergencies
- Determine the nature and extent of illness or injury, measure pulse rates and blood pressure, assess respiratory status, observe changes in skin color, search for medical alert identification.
- Establish priority for emergency care and render appropriate care to competency level.
- Assess and assist in the extrication of a patient from an entrapment.
- Demonstrate knowledge and be able to use or assist in the use of accepted rescue and medical techniques, procedures, and devices as needed.
- Assist in evacuating patient to an ambulance or medical facility and use accepted emergency medical techniques, procedures, and devices.
- Report nature and extent of illness or injury to ambulance personnel or receiving facility via radio, establish on-line medical control as needed, continually reassess patient during evacuation and provides care as needed.
- Work in extreme environmental conditions and various terrains
- Document and report both orally and in the prescribed format to ambulance or hospital personnel
During this 22-day Belize adventure students partake in 80 hours of intense learning in hopes of receiving one well deserved certification:
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR) medical certification
Through service, we gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities we explore while taking an active role to address important global issues that impact the communities. While in Belize, we work with La Loma Luz Hospital and the local community on health education campaigns. The projects give us the opportunity to use the methods we learn in class to make real life contributions to the health of the local community.
- Assist with medical paperwork
- Take local community members’ vitals and blood pressure
- Participate in a weeklong campaign to better the health of the locals by educating and promoting healthier lifestyles
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At a Glance
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- 3 College Credits
- 1 Available Certifications
- 20 Community Service Hours
- 82 Hours