Is It For Me?
Prior first aid training is not required to attend. If you have never done a first aid course you
must read the latest first aid manual from the Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance to bring
yourself up to speed with basic first aid. WMT courses are aimed at highly motivated people
with plans to travel overseas/offshore to challenging areas where medical backup is limited,
poor, distant or non-existent. Explorer courses are not suitable for qualified doctors but
medical students up to year three, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals are
On all courses a range of likely medical conditions are discussed in addition to common
injuries. Students learn how to take a medical history and perform a physical examination
before making a diagnosis and deciding what treatment would be appropriate. WMT aims to
develop student’s judgement and ability to discriminate between conditions that can be
managed in the field, those that require a “watch and wait” approach and those that require
evacuation. If you have the knowledge to confidently rule out a serious problem you might be
able to salvage your field work/expedition without resorting to an unnecessary evacuation.
With good history taking and examination skills you can convey a patient’s condition to
outside medical help for diagnostic and treatment advice and confirmation, which we always
recommend doing before prescribing medications.
On all courses we discuss the use of selected prescription-only-medicines (POMs) – pain
killers, antibiotics, Diamox, Epipen/Anapen and other selected drugs.
Courses normally start no earlier than 9am and finish each day by 5.30. The running order and structure of courses may differ depending on the venue and group size but all content will be covered or included in the course manual. Tea/coffee/lunch breaks are taken as required. Lunches are not provided except on residential courses.
Day 1 Introductions and aims of the course Review of important legal aspects History taking revisited Approach to illness – pearls and pitfalls: • differentiating the severe headache • approach to chest pain • abdominal problems (appendicitis, hernias, testicular problems) • snake bite Pain management – use of intramuscular Tramadol CPR practical Anaphylactic shock – use of adrenaline, Epipen/Anapen Intramuscular injections – practical Case based discussions • Asthma – spacer use, ventolin regimes • Diabetes – including BM (blood glucose) measurement • Fever – including malaria Advanced medical kits and supplies – including intramuscular medicines Medical kit workshop – pulse oximeters, blood glucose measuring devices, malaria rapid diagnostic test and standby treatment, water purification
Day 2ABC approach to trauma – including blast/ballistics Advanced fracture and dislocation management Practical sessions: • the broken pelvis – use of pelvic binder • the broken leg – use of Kendrick traction device Practical sessions: • vehicle extrication & RTA scene safety • triage workshop Advanced wound management Wound management – practical: • injecting local anaesthetic • stapling • use of Steristrips & skin glue Written exam Final questions/certificates/feedback & farewell
Note: some of the skills taught, and the use of prescription-only-medicines (POMs) and injections especially, are not appropriate for use in the UK or anywhere if professional medical support is readily available. Professional medical advice should always be sought before using prescription medications. WMT reserves the right to amend course content without notice in keeping with the latest best clinical practice.
What Will I Need?
Comfortable clothing and sensible shoes are recommended. We might do some outdoor based scenario teaching – please have appropriate outdoor clothes and suitable footwear including a waterproof jacket and pants. The Lodge “stores” have waterproofs you can borrow for free if you are travelling light. Please ignore the Lodge’s generic advice re: outdoor kit – these are not outdoor activity courses.
Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit and a spare towel!
What’s included on your course
- Use of kit
- Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
- Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
- In-course transport
What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS
- Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *
(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)
- Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
- Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
- Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course
Arriving at Glenmore Lodge
- For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
- Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
- Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
- On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions
On your last day
- Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
- All courses will finish by 5pm
- On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service
*some exceptions – see detailed course notes
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