Staffed by volunteers and medics from our local Mountain Rescue Team, the Wilderness Medicine weekends are aimed at University Wilderness Medicine Societies.
The core of pre-hospital care is the bread and butter of the Ambulance Service. However, in a Wilderness environment, there are many more considerations than appropriate treatment and conveyance to hospital. The demands of the environment upon both the casualty and those providing assistance rapidly increase the complexity of even straight forward injuries. You will learn how to approach problems in the outdoors using the mantra of “Self, Team, Victim”.
Dealing with Unknown Risk
If risks are known, a standard procedure can be introduced and trained for. However, risks in Wilderness Medicine are rarely know. In fact, each situation is truly unique as are the risks, hazards and challenges. You will explore how to deal with unknown risk in unknown environments.
Search and Rescue
Your new found skills will be out to the test in a Search and Rescue exercise. You will formulate a search plan, decide on communications, select and use the most appropriate equipment and hopefully rescue your casualty to the road head to meet the ambulance. Team work, flexibility and adaptability will be the key skills on display, and at the same time you will experience pre-hospital care at the extreme end of the spectrum. Expect height, darkness, enclosed spaces and of course, the weather.
Accommodation and Catering
The weekend will be fully catered and you will be staying in our 26 bedroom farmhouse and training centre on the top of the Mendip Hills. You will be joined by members of the Mountain Rescue Team during the day and as you socialise in front of the fires in the evening. Each course results in a donation to this volunteer charity, which is funded solely by public donation
Use the link below to get in touch, request further details and book in a date for your Universities Wilderness Medicine Weekend.