Magazine article Geographical

When Calling 999 Isn't an Option

Magazine article Geographical

When Calling 999 Isn't an Option

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EDITORIAL: Anyone undertaking an expedition to a remote location abroad--be it for research or adventure--is sure to come up against a number of challenging situations that require prior preparation and training. And whether you're planning to undertake research in sub-zero temperatures at the poles or trek through a tropical jungle teeming with infectious diseases, medical training is especially vital.

Each year, the Society's Expedition Advisory Centre (EAC) organises a two-day training course in association with Wilderness Medical Training (WMT). The course provides information on both prevention and treatment for medical problems that regularly crop up in wilderness environments, and is aimed at everyone from solo travellers to expedition groups, and from climbers to teachers and media professionals.

The course is divided into themes. The participants first learn how to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, which then leads on to methods for managing diseases and illnesses specific to extreme environments.

"Planning the medical aspects of an expedition needs to begin well in advance, and as many group members as possible should receive medical training specific to the environments in which they are going to be working" says Shane Winser of the EAC. …

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