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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine started a world movement for medics working in remote and austere locations. We remain at the forefront in all we do and that's why we are changing our name to 'World Extreme Medicine'. It reflects a change in how we as a worldwide community of medics respond to emergencies and an ever widening range of opportunities for adventurous medics... Where man goes, medicine must follow.

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Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Training Course, Keswick, Cumbria

Write Up of the Expedition Medicine UK Course, September 2009

Once again, Barrow House YHA hosted our course with excellent food, service and an amazing location. Whilst the programme remains broadly the same we invite new evening lecturers in and we vary the faculty. This time we were pleased to welcome Dr Sundeep Dillon, Dr Rob Conway, and Lee Salmon, paramedic. We also had a new charity showcasing their opportunities for our participants: Na-an Ku Se Lodge, Namibia.

Our days are always a combination of indoor sessions (which include lectures and small group discussions or work groups) and outdoor simulations or practical sessions. On day 1 the afternoon was a round robin of 4 mini teaching sessions including RTC management, fracture immobilisation, wound management and managing altitude sickness.

Participants were pleased to hear from Claire Wormley of Na-an Ku Se which is a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. She discussed the opportunities for medics including working at the bushman clinic they run in the North of Namibia. The Expedition Medicine Directors plan to head out there during Easter 2010.

The highlight of day 2 is the safety on steep ground afternoon; students learn how to coil ropes, set up safe anchor points and lower colleagues off steep cliffs and drops. Also covered is the reality of improvising a carrying mechanism for various injuries.

Once more Nigel Harling from BSES, British Schools Exploring Society, came in to explain how willing medics can travel with them, before Expedition Medicine Director, Sean Hudson, entertained the audience with his tales of daring do and high adventure from his early expeditioning days.

Day 3 has a very specific environments feel covering hot, cold, tropical, altitude and diving medicine and  closed with an excellent talk by Sir Chris Bonington.

The final day's scenario saw the successful rescue of 6 casualties from various locations on the hillside and the arrival of the air ambulance. After setting down above Falcon Crag, Borrowdale, the crew demonstrated how they would package up a casualty and flew one lucky person down to the hostel.

All casualties and participants safely back to the hostel in fine weather and the final session discussed next steps and further opportunities. We staff thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we hope the participants did too. Until next time we wish all Expedition and Wilderness Medicine graduates all the very best and we look forward to seeing you on future courses. 

Piers Carter
Expedition  Medicine


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