15 May 2018 - 16 May 2018
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
From £165.00 per person Includes lunch and refreshments. Accommodation is not provided.
A two-day course for those departing on expeditions to remote parts of the world where medical help is not readily 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.
The course includes sessions on:
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).
Please book online or call 020 7591 3030.
Developed specially by members of the Society’s Expedition Medical Cell, the course consists of discussions, lectures, workshops and practical sessions. Groups of up to 12 delegates will be led by an experienced trainer. Only 48 places are available.
Download full programme (pdf).
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 & shortness of breath, abdominal pain & 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 / 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 by Chris Johnson, Sarah Anderson, Jon Dallimore, Shane Winser, and David Warrell (eds.)
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 are led by Dr Jon Dallimore and James Moore from the Society’s Expedition Medical Cell.
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