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Outdoor First Care

A first aid training program designed for ski area personnel and other outdoor recreation groups who may encounter medical emergencies before the ski patrol or other response team arrives. Based on Outdoor Emergency Care concepts, this course introduces basic assessment skills to help the nonpatroller determine appropriate support for patients with a life-threatening illness or injury. Body substance isolation precautions are emphasized in accordance with OSHA guidelines. This course is the standard of training for members of NSP's Mountain Host Program.

This course is under revision. OEC instructors may use the Instructor Manual and content from the Outdoor Emergency Care Fifth Edition.

Prerequisites: None

Time commitment: Six-to-eight hours without CPR certification

Fees: National - none; Local - varies

Credentials: Course completion card (valid for three years).

Instructor of record: OEC instructor or other credentialed emergency care/first aid instructor

Recommended References:

  • Outdoor Emergency Care Fifth Edition: login to member services, OEC Fifth Edition book cover image to order.
  • This course is under revision. OEC instructors may use the Outdoor First Care manual/table of contents and material from the Outdoor Emergency Care Fifth Edition. Certificates of Appreciation may be used to replace certification cards until the new program is released.