Conducting research in wild or sparsely populated areas can put any researcher in a unique set of circumstances where additional skills are helpful, if not necessary, to ensure a safe and productive trip.
In addition to the hazards associated with conducting research in a laboratory setting, field researchers face environmental challenges that are largely out of human control. UC Merced's wilderness first aid program provides opportunities for researchers to receive guidance and training necessary to respond to basic medical emergencies.
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) wilderness first aid:
UC Merced will be offering a hands-on wilderness first aid training through NOLS. This is a 16- to 20-hour course that teaches a wide array of skills ranging from patient assessment to dealing with shock, anaphylactic reactions and wound care in the back country. The course will be available mid-August 2016. If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Karen Smith. This course is open to the public and will require a registration fee.
Field safety equipment available on loan from EH&S:
EH&S currently stocks safety kits that include emergency resources such as a GPS beacon, a meal ready-to-eat (MRE), a hand-crank flashlight/radio/charger and an emergency blanket. If you would like to check out a safety kit for use in your field research, please contact Karen Smith. There is no charge unless items are not returned.