Remote Medical Responder Level 1 (2 Days)
The Remote Medical Responder Level 1 course is designed to meet international requirements of Wilderness First Responders. The curriculum is designed and delivered by senior expedition medical doctors with decades of experience, and who co-authored the Faculty of Prehospital Care Updated Guidance on Medical Provision for Wilderness Medicine and The Oxford Handbook of Wilderness and Expedition Medicine.
This course is aimed at those travelling to remote locations where timely access to prehospital and definitive care is not available. It therefore offers a different syllabus to ‘First Responder’ courses which have a UK focus. This course goes above the standard 16 hour first aid courses and we request you have completed first aid courses before enrolling as a Remote Medical Responder.
Together, we will discuss expedition medical planning, medico-legal and ethical considerations and mental health preparedness. Through the use of simulation and scenarios deliver you the tools to approach medical or trauma emergencies with structure and confidence. This course recognises that remote emergencies are thankfully relatively rare; we will give you the knowledge and skills to treat common but important medical conditions and how to approach decision making and communication for timely evacuation. We will train you in the use of targeted Prescription only Medications (POMs) and you will have access to prescribing these for overseas use for 2 years following the course.
For those wishing to train in advanced techniques for overseas use: IM injections, wound stapling and closure, subcutaneous fluids, triage, and advanced trauma management please see our Level 2 course here.
Sample Course Timetable
09:00 Introductions and Aims of the course : Why are you here and what would you most like to learn?
09.30 Legal and ethical considerations of practicing as a Remote Medical Responder
09.45 Human factors and leadership. How and why this is important on expedition
10.00 Preparation for travel: Expedition planning including medical, risk and top cover needs.
11.15 Lecture: CPR and Approach to the casualty
11.45 Practical: DR cABCDE approach
CPR and use of AEDs
13.15 Lecture and Practical : Injuries, Wounds and Burns
14:15 Lecture and Practice: Fractures, splinting and dislocations
15:30 Lecture and Practical: Head and spinal injury. Safely moving and packaging casualties.
16:15 Practical scenarios and vital signs recap
17:00 Questions and close
09.00 Review of day one and questions
09.15 Lecture: Taking a patient history
09.45 Lecture: Ear, nose, throat and eyes
10.00 Practical x2: History taking & examination ; ENT
11.15 Lecture: Important medical illnesses
12.00 Lecture & Practical: Anaphylaxis and use of auto injector
13:15 Workshop: Mental health in remote environments
13:45 Lecture & Workshops: Environmental considerations: Heat, Cold, Altitude, Tropical
15:15 Workshop: Medial kits and prescription only medications (POMs)
16:00 Trauma and medical scenarios
16:30 Optional exam
17:15 Final questions, feedback and certificates
17:30 Closure of level 1 course