Advanced First Aid Training for Expedition Leaders and Explorers

These advanced 4 day expedition first aid courses are aimed at training outdoor professionals and travellers who operate overseas in wilderness environments that are far from help.

We have approached this course with our own vast experience of leading overseas expeditions knowing what situations you are likely to face and with what kit you are likely to be carrying. To that end the course is designed for first-aiders, but because you may find yourself in some pretty remote places with few resources readily to hand, with experienced medics and trainers leading this course we go beyond the realms of traditional first aid.  We aim to give delegates on this course the skills and the confidence to face a whole host of situations from managing trauma to the very common problems of an upset stomach.

Not the right course? Try looking at our 2 day Outdoor First Aid courses.

Expedition First Aid (4 days) – course overview

Day 1

Vital Signs 1 – basic information gathering
The accident procedure – primary and secondary surveys
Airway management
CPR – urban / drowning casualties
Choking
Shock management:

  • steristrips
  • glue and wound packing
  • haemostatic dressings
  • tourniquets 

burns and dressings

Day 2

Head and spine injuries
Chest injuries
Practical sessions:
moving / lifting / straightening an injured casualty
helmet removal
fracture & dislocation management
the broken pelvis – use of improvised pelvic binder
the broken leg – use of improvised traction device
Pain management considerations
Soft tissue injuries
Medical kit workshop –

  • pulse oximeters,
  • blood glucose measuring devices
  • malaria rapid diagnostic test and standby treatment

Casualty monitoring and note taking
Practical outdoor scenarios

Day 3

Approach to illness – vital signs 2
Diagnosis – how to take a patient history
Practical sessions:
– history taking
– Pain management & nursing care
Common medical conditions – diarrhoea and issue of antibiotics
Fever – including malaria
Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy/seizures
heat illness
Anaphylactic shock and use of Epipen/Anapen
differentiating the severe headache
approach to chest pain
abdominal problems (appendicitis, hernias, testicular problems)
snake bites
Rescue & related skills

  • Organising a casualty evacuation
  • Working with helicopters
  • Radios, communications
  • Improvised rescue & stretchers
  • Jungle lost procedures & search & rescue
  • Medical scenario & rescue exercise

Day 4

High and cold environments
• altitude sickness – medication & portable altitude chambers
• Hypothermia, frostbite and immersion
Expedition medical planning

  • Immunisations/antimalarials
  • Pre-existing medical cases – group work
  • Legal issues

Outdoor practical scenarios
Written exam
Debrief

Price: £520

Course fee includes first aid manual and first aid certificate valid for three years.

Package

    • Interactive hands on practical training indoors and out
    • Use of recommended first aid kit
    • Easy to follow individual course booklet
    • An accredited, recognised certificate valid for 3 years

Location

    • Peak District National Park

Course dates

  • 6th – 9th June 2016
  • 27th – 30th June 2016
  • More to follow

These dates not convenient for you? Email us and we’ll see what we can arrange.

New Guidelines for Medical Provision in the Wilderness Setting: This document was published in December 2015 in the Journal of Extreme Physiology and Medicine and is now available free online.