The first day begins with an introduction to Patient Assessment Systems (PAS), a key concept of the course. PAS drills will be conducted extensively throughout the program. Circulatory/respiratory systems are examined, as are CPR and basic life-support techniques.
Day two focuses on the nervous system, a common area of serious injury in the outdoors. Managing damage to the spine and other musculoskeletal areas is covered, as are dislocations. Handling immobilized patients is practiced. Treatments include litter carries and belays.
The next day covers how to handle a wide range of potential hazards, including: emergency childbirth; altitude sickness; frostbite; near drowning. Search-and-rescue methods are surveyed. Patient-treatment techniques include traction splints and improvised litters.
The final day includes a detailed case study incorporating many of the subjects already covered. Further topics include backcountry medicine, toxins and medical kits.