Why do Remote Outdoor First Aid?


The time needed to get the injured person to medical care adds to the responsibilities of the first aider. 

i.e. did you know that if a casualty is unconscious for a number of hours and they are wearing contact lenses, damage can occur to the surface of the eye?

In the city we can except medical assistance within 18 minutes for an unconscious patient (Category 2 response), however, when in a remote location, this could be easily be around 60 minutes, or longer if your trip is somewhere less accessible or at altitude.

Did you know?

  • When assessing a patient in a remote environment we use DRABC and DE with D for Disability and E for Exposure. The weather can play a critical part in good casualty management.
  • Some of the most common injuries caused in a remote environment are caused by bad judgement using equipment, performance error, environmental conditions and equipment failure.
  • UK trekking spots such the Seven Sisters, Sussex and the Lakes, Cumbria experience over 17 million visitors per year. Fatalities from injury or illness account for over 90 deaths in the last three years. Raising concerns with local authorities and Mountain Rescue Experts. They are rescuing over 150 people each year.

A great deal of decision making is required when in a remote location, such as should you evacuate the injured person?  How will you do this? How do you keep everyone else safe? All of these questions alongside important life saving skills are covered in detail on a Remote Outdoor First Aid Training Course.

Surrey First Aid Training Ltd, Remote Outdoor First Aid is ideal for expedition leaders, researchers working in remote locations, single person fieldwork in tropical, arctic and challenging environments and those undertaking outdoor pursuits. This qualification lasts for 3 years and certificates issued at the end of the course. 

Our next course is the 8th and 9th June - BOOK HERE TO GET YOURSELF UPTODATE