Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

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Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, or WEMT, is the second highest level of wilderness emergency medical training available in the USA (second to Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS)), or other courses for advanced providers such as AWLS, and RMAP (Remote Medicine for Advanced Providers). In addition to an urban EMT-Basic course, WEMT places a greater emphasis on long-term patient care in the backcountry where conventional hospital care can take days to reach. Some of the main providers of Wilderness EMT training in the United States include Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA), NOLS' Wilderness Medicine Institute, Center for Wilderness Safety, SOLO, and Remote Medical International.


Near the end of the 19th century, volunteer organizations such as St. John Ambulance began teaching the principles of first aid at mining sites and near large railway centers. By the dawn of the 20th century, additional organizations such as the Boy Scouts and the American Red Cross began teaching first aid to lay people. Over the years, these organizations trained hundreds of thousands of people in the elements of providing assistance until definitive care could be arranged. The training in these courses assumed that definitive care was nearby and could be delivered quickly. Eventually there was a realization that this training, while valuable, needed to be supplemented and/or revised to deal with the extended time and limited resources inherent when a medical crisis...
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