Remote Medical Responder Level 1 (2 Days)

Date: 27th – 28th September 2024 (option to qualify to Level 1 or Level 2)
Venue: Marlborough College
Included: Course tuition, manual, lunch and coffee, VAT on price
Remote Medical Responder course ethos

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.

Please click here to see our detailed course curriculum (pdf 4.5mb).

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.

11:00  Tea

11.15  Lecture: CPR and Approach to the casualty

11.45  Practical: DR cABCDE approach

            CPR and use of AEDs

12.30  Lunch

13.15  Lecture and Practical : Injuries, Wounds and Burns

14:15  Lecture and Practice: Fractures, splinting and dislocations

15:00  Tea

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

11.00  Tea

11.15  Lecture: Important medical illnesses

12.00  Lecture & Practical: Anaphylaxis and use of auto injector

12.30  Lunch

13:15  Workshop: Mental health in remote environments

13:45  Lecture & Workshops: Environmental considerations: Heat, Cold, Altitude, Tropical

15:00  Tea

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

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