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WMT - Far From Help (Foundation)

Qualification Level - 2 days

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 8 reviews

25/11/17
Cost (with accommodation): £360.00
Cost (no accommodation): £310.00

Intense foundation course is suitable for travellers looking for much more than first aid training. It includes the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illness conditions as one would experience in remote, foreign places including diarrhoea and acute mountain sickness.

Facility to obtain Prescription Only Medications (POMs) is included for 2 years.

This course is accepted by the major UK governing bodies as a valid first aid ticket.  For further clarification on this please click this link

Visit http://wildernessmedicaltraining.co.uk/explorer-series-far-from-help for more information or email wmt@wildernessmedicaltraining.co.uk with any questions.

When combined with the Far From Help Part 2 course it forms the gold standard course in Advanced Medicine for lay people, suitable for travellers looking for much more than first aid training and includes the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illness conditions as one would experience in remote, foreign places, including diarrhoea and acute mountain sickness, plus how to staple wounds and give intramuscular injections.

ILA Funding can be used toward this course.

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Is It For Me?

No prior experience is required and anyone without medical training is welcome to attend. FFH has been attended by well over 1000 teachers, leaders, travelers, explorers, overland drivers, climbers, divers, field researchers, university staff and many others. Where ever you are heading overseas or at sea where there is a risk of injury and illness and medical help is far away, Far From Help training is a essential investment.

Course Aims

This is not a first aid course – the syllabus goes beyond this. Crucially we discuss a range of illness conditions in addition to common injuries, which is the main shortfall of “first aid” courses. You will learn how to take a medical history and perform a physical examination before making a diagnosis and deciding what treatment would be appropriate.

You can read about using prescription antibiotics, Diamox (for high altitude) or strong pain killers in text books but the problem remains of how to obtain these supplies, how to use them appropriately and your legal position. FFH training eliminates all these concerns. We’ll tell you what medical supplies to take and enable you to obtain them two years post-course through Nomad Travel. Our comprehensive manual serves as an essential field aide memoire.

Course Content

We discuss the use of a range of prescription-only medicines – pain killers, antibiotics and other drugs – and we’ll authorise you to buy these medicines for up to two years. We discuss a range of common medical problems likely to befall any group in any environment (various infections, diarrhoea, sprains/strains, breaks, burns, wounds etc.) and there are also lectures that focus on the unique medical problems posed by special environments such as high, hot and cold places and where malaria and other serious, common tropical infections and wildlife risks abound.
We aim to develop student’s judgement and their ability to discriminate between conditions that can be managed and resolved 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 expedition without resorting to an unnecessary evacuation.
The course combines lectures, small group practical sessions and discussion groups. It is a very full programme and there is a lot to learn. Do not be surprised at the pace of the programme. You will be given an excellent A5 size field book of notes as a reference (not available in advance – sorry). Please be prepared to give the course your undivided attention and to be in full attendance right up to the end. Our experiences of teaching since1991 are that non-medically training people – explorers – can learn an enormous amount in just a few days. This course is intense and rewarding.

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 – Theme – trauma Introductions & aims of the course Bench marking trauma scenario – practical Legal issues Measuring vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, breathing) – practical Practical sessions: • ABC approach to the injured casualty • Latest CPR guidelines Practical sessions: • moving / lifting / straightening an injured casualty • basic fracture & dislocation management Head and spine injuries Wound management Wound management – practical: • use of Steristrips • burns and dressings • use of glue & wound packing Expedition medical planning

Day 2 – Theme – medical problems Diagnosis – how to take a patient history Practical sessions: • history taking • examining ENT (ear, nose, throat) & eyes Pain management & nursing care Common medical conditions – diarrhoea, asthma, blisters, bites Case based discussions: • heat illness • cold and frostbite injuries • altitude sickness – use of Diamox/dexamethasone/nifedipine Anaphylactic shock and use of Epipen/Anapen Medical kits & supplies Written examination Final questions / certificates / feedback & farewell

Note: some of the skills taught, and the use of prescription-only-medicines (POMs) 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!

Course Pre-Requisites

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
welcome.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 8 reviews Read all reviews

Great course - most relevant first aid course I have done for the work I do (leading expedition groups overseas). Would definitely recommend to anyone who works in remote locations with groups.
Helen Denny Reviewed on 11/05/2016
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Brilliant course, delivered well.
Geoff Wood-Hill Reviewed on 04/01/2016
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Great course, covers a large subject in a short space of time, but does so with a good mix of practical and theoretical activities, group discussions and presentations. Really impressed with the course and as always the facilities at Glenmore lodge are great, especially the quality of the food!
Adam Browne Reviewed on 08/12/2015
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Pete Clark Reviewed on 08/12/2015
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Having attended a course such as this for the first time I was apprehensive on all levels. But the instructors and attendees were warm and charming and I felt very welcomed and inclusive. Looking forward to my first trek where I can start to use my new found knowledge.
A b Jordan Reviewed on 10/05/2015
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If you are looking for a First-Aid course that is 'realistic' in design with an emphasis towards expeditions and overseas travel, then I can highly recommend this course. You don't need any previous First-Aid or expedition experience to join as the course starts off with the basics. The tutors are excellent and the coffee & cake isn't bad either! :-)
Kevin Lawlor Reviewed on 28/04/2015
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informative and well delivered course. as always accommodation was superb. The food was fantastic.
Stephen Tinney Reviewed on 28/04/2015
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An excellent well balanced course with instructors with plenty of experience
Alan Forbes Reviewed on 28/04/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • 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)

  • Breakfast
  • 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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