Remote medical training

Advanced medical training for non medics

We offer tailor-made remote medical training courses for non-medically trained people. These are ideal for the likes of expedition leaders, independent travellers, conservation workers in remote locations, student expeditions, safari guides, and film crews. These courses teaches delegates about the management of common travel related medical problems as well as more advanced information about medical emergencies, trauma, casualty management, evacuation, and advanced invasive procedures such as IV cannulation, IV fluid administration, IM injections and wound suturing. These courses offer far more than a simple first aid course and really aim to give lay people the confidence and knowledge to act appropriately and to potentially save a life in a remote emergency situation, as well as dealing with the run of the mill travel health problems such as diarrhoea and insect bites.

Recent clients include the Wildlife Conservation Society and Congo Conservation Company in Congo, Silverback Productions, and several other independent film production companies in the UK.

For details of a course we ran for Outposts please see: Phoenix and Outposts First Aid Course

Scenario; stabilising an unconscious casualty.

Scenario; stabilising an unconscious casualty © Patrick Avery

The courses are generally run over a four day period by one or more of our senior instructors, although this can be shortened to two days if clients do not wish to have any invasive procedures teaching included in the syllabus. The courses aim to be as hands on as possible with lots of practical and scenario based teaching sessions. We teach in the UK and regularly run courses for the Royal Geographical Society. We have also delivered courses overseas in Kenya, Tanzania, China, and Nepal for safari and travel companies. We can cater for small groups or for much larger expedition parties and we are happy to run these courses  in the UK or anywhere worldwide subject to discussion. Below is an overview of our four day course structure and content.

If you would like more information on costs or the possibility of arranging a course then please contact us.

Practical examination skills

Practical examination skills © James Moore

Course overview

Day one and two cover standard expedition healthcare issues. For those operating in extreme or remote environments, you might wish to consider learning the extended skills available in days three and four.

Day one – approach to the sick patient

  • Introduction to expedition medicine
  • Preventing problems on expedition; risks particular to your specific expedition
  • Basic first-aid refresher; approach to the collapsed patient, resuscitation, basic wound management, wounds and burns
  • History taking
  • Symptom based medical management
  • Common medical problems
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Clinical observations
  • Camp craft and staying safe

Day two – approach to the injured patient

  • Introduction to trauma assessment
  • Shock – ‘what and why’
  • Life threatening trauma; head, neck, chest and abdomen
  • Non-life threatening trauma
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Trauma assessment practical
  • Eyes and ears
  • Spinal stabilisation and moving casualties
  • Environment specific problems; heat/cold, malaria, bites/stings
  • First aid kits and supplies 
  • Resources
  • Legal responsibilities

Part 2 (advanced)

For those operating in extreme or remote environments, you might wish to consider learning the extended skills available in days three and four. These are particularly useful for those working in areas where available medical care is poor or non-existent, or there is a chance of protracted casualty evacuation.

Many of the skills described below are normally the remit of medically qualified personnel. 20 years of experience has demonstrated that these skills can be easily mastered by lay people and frequently improve the clinical outcomes on expedition.

Advanced wound management; suturing

Advanced wound management; suturing © Patrick Avery

Day three – Advanced expedition medicine

  • Triage-managing multiple casualties
  • Scenarios
  • Road traffic incidents practical
  • Ballistic trauma
  • Administration of medicines; legalities and practicalities
  • Intramuscular injections
  • Advanced wound management; sutures, glue and staples

Day four 

  • Advanced fluid management; dehydration and fluid replacement, intravenous cannulation
  • Documentation and medical handover
  • Medical kits
  • Written examination
  • Psychological health and team dynamics
  • Question and answer session
IV cannulation and IV fluid adminstration

IV cannulation and IV fluid adminstration © Patrick Avery