Far From Help
What WMT says
Far From Help – FFH – builds confidence and achieves a thorough grounding in how to provide more comprehensive care in all remote environments to patients who are injured and ill. FFH training may enable you to resolve an injury, infection or illness condition in the field without resorting to evacuation and at the same time make your patient more comfortable by the control of pain, nausea and fever. FFH is WMT’s long established foundation course that stands alone and includes the use of prescription only medications (POMs) which we facilitate you to obtain for 2 years post-course. FFH is also a springboard to further training in invasive techniques (FFH Part 2). Many students repeat FFH every few years to remain current – and prepared. Intensive, rewarding and comprehensive – FFH is anything but “basic”. Everyone embarking on adventurous travel or an expedition – whatever your aims – should complete FFH as a minimum. Excellent training + comprehensive field manual + POM authorisation = one stop shopping for solo travellers to large expedition teams.
What students say
Excellent – covered loads, good scenarios/slides
Professional/friendly – good time keeping, supportive, informative
…well delivered with good use of materials, props & demos
“This just to send my warmest thanks and congratulations for a superb course over the w/e. It actually exceeded expectations and I was amazed how much we covered in such a short time. It was professional in every way. Relaxed, engaging, highly informative and with the sure knowledge that we were being taught by someone who had been there, seen it and done it. ”
“WMT has set the standard by which wilderness first aid courses are judged”. Saturday Telegraph 14/1/12 – read the full article online.
Who can attend?
No prior experience is required and anyone without medical training is welcome to attend. FFH has been attended by more than 1000 teachers, leaders, travelers, explorers, overland drivers, climbers, divers, field researchers, university staff and many others.
Research -what you might need to treat
A Royal Geographical Society study of 1263 medical complaints on expedition found that more than half (51%) were classified either as gastrointestinal upsets (30%) or medical problems (21% – infections, headache, malaria etc.). So there’s more than dramatic broken bones and sucking chest wounds to deal with! Minor illnesses left untreated, especially diarrhoea, can slow a whole team down, reduce productivity and enjoyment and threaten the success of an expedition.
What’s covered on FFH?
In short, FFH will help you deal with the most common problems that are identified by this RGS research and you’ll learn a range of medical skills and techniques, about the treatment of infections, illness and symptoms and how to treat injuries and special problems. The subjects covered are as follows.
Aims of course
Expedition medical planning – includes anti-malarials and immunisations
Diagnosis – taking a history
Group work – examples of history taking
Measuring vital signs and examination of chest and abdomen
Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation – latest guidelines
ABC approach to injured casualties – practical
Moving, lifting and straightening a casualty
Soft tissue injuries and burns
Head, neck, chest and abdominal injuries
Fractures, dislocations and use of splints
Common medical conditions. Management of diarrhoea
Cold injuries and altitude sickness
Practical – examining eyes and ears
Tropical problems – heat illness, malaria, bites and stings
Medical kits and supplies
Skills & Techniques
You’ll learn how to perform a physical examination, measure vital signs (e.g. blood pressure) and take a medical history from a patient. Examination + history = diagnosis, then treatment. Plus you’ll learn about improvised splinting, using neck collars and managing spinal injuries, examining eyes and ears, resuscitation in the wilderness and using a stethoscope.
Treating Infections, Illness & Symptoms
First aid courses mainly focus on dealing with injuries but people get ill on expeditions too. You’ll learn how to treat or manage a variety of illnesses and infections such as malaria, diarrhoea, wound infections, asthma and other important, common conditions of the heart, lungs, ears, nose and throat, water works and the gut. Symptom control is vital and you’ll also learn how to control or reduce fever, pain and nausea even if you don’t know what the underlying cause is.
Treating Injuries & Special Problems
FFH covers strains, sprains and fractures and other traumatic injuries, in addition to wounds, burns, frostbite, mountain sickness, some tropical diseases, bites and stings, rabies and shock.
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 taking into account allergies, contra-indications between medicines (taking more than one at a time) and your legal position. FFH training eliminates all these concerns. We’ll tell you what medical supplies to take and facilitate obtaining them. Our comprehensive field manual serves as an aide memoire in the field so you prescribe safely and we thoroughly cover the legal considerations on each course.
Future course dates
Don’t see course dates that work for you? Don’t worry – FFH is our most frequently run course and dates are often set with a 3 to 6 month lead time. However, dates that involve residential facilities (such as Glenmore Lodge) are set much further in advance. Sign up to our newsletter to receive word of new course dates or book mark this page.
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Far From Help at Glenmore Lodge
We love working at Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore, Scotland. The facilities, food, accommodation and wild setting at the foot of Cairngorm are amazing. These are the most competitively priced WMT Explorer courses and suit clients who prefer a full board/accommodation-one price package for a WMT course and especially those in Scotland of which there are many in the outdoor, academic and sporting communities who no longer have to travel “down south” for WMT training. We are now running courses at the Lodge in spring and late autumn. Aviemore is 30 miles and 45 minutes from Inverness airport which is well served with flights from London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere. You can get to Aviemore by bus and train from Inverness. Travel to Aviemore by road is very good and scenic as is rail access. Use SKYSCANNER to research flights or visit the Lodge’s very useful travel page to help plan your journey by all modes. All WMT courses at the Lodge are administered by the Lodge who need to monitor and cross reference WMT bookings and accommodation demands with their other courses. Many delegates plan a holiday around a WMT Lodge course and stay in the area to climb, ski, bike or walk independently or attend another Lodge course to improve their skills or further their outdoor qualifications.