14 May 2019 - 15 May 2019
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
From £165.00 per person
A foundation course in expedition medicine, making first-aid applicable to the remote environment. This involves bringing non-medics to a new level of knowledge and more advanced skills. For medics, this will involve bringing their skills back down to basic application, in environments where access to diagnostic facilities are not available.
Developed by members of the Society’s Expedition Medicine advisory group, the course consists of discussions, lectures, workshops and practical sessions. Groups of up to 12 delegates are led by an experienced trainer. Only 48 places are available.
The course includes sessions on:
Good medical planning
Diagnosis of illnesses
The collapsed patient
Symptom-based medical assessments
ABC approach to trauma, including fractures and dislocations
Managing head and neck injuries, chest and abdomen injuries, and wounds and burns
Altitude related illnesses
Thermal injuries (heat, cold, and drowning)
Expedition medical kits
Upon completion of this course delegates are issued with a certificate which is valid for three years. This course fulfils the first aid training criteria for UK National Governing Body Awards (e.g. Mountain Leader Award).
Day one – preventing and managing illnesses.
After an introductory expedition scenario, there will be a session providing guidance on identification and reduction of travel risks. This will be followed by illness assessment, monitoring and diagnosis of illness conditions.
The afternoon sessions will focus on practical workshops on CPR; the ABC approach; and eye, ear, nose and throat conditions.
The first day will end with symptom-based medical assessment – chest pain and shortness of breath, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, and headache.
Day two – trauma and expedition environments
Day two will cover injury management and environmental problems. The ABC approach to illness will be extended to the management of injuries and there will be sessions on trauma to head, neck, chest and abdomen. Practical sessions will cover trauma assessment, moving casualties, splinting and the care of spinal injuries.
During the afternoon, the theme will be environmental injuries. Heat/cold, altitude, and medical problems in the tropics will be explored. The course ends with guidance on assembling a suitable expedition medical kit which includes prescription only medications.
This course fulfils the first aid training criteria for UK National Governing Body Awards (e.g. Mountain Leader Award).
You will be issued with a certificate on completion of the course which is valid for three years. You must attend all teaching sessions to obtain the certificate.
Entry requirements and recommended reading
No prior first aid or medical experience is required.
Course participants may wish to obtain a copy of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (2nd edition).
All of the course instructors have many years of experience teaching about expedition medicine and all have travelled widely on expeditions to remote parts of the world and will be led by James Moore from the Society’s Expedition Medical Cell.
Standard: £300 (incl. VAT)
Member: £275 (incl. VAT)
Student: £165 (incl. VAT)
Early bird (before 20 March): £230 (incl. VAT)
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