We were delighted to recently run a unique outdoor first aid and specialist wilderness medical course on managing altitude illness in Moshi, Tanzania. Participants were trekking leaders or assistant leaders working for UK holiday company, Explore on Mount Kilimanjaro.
This systematic and specialised training course makes the attendees one of the most highly trained and skilled teams of guides working on Kilimanjaro. The training allows the team to competently respond to and manage common wilderness medical and altitude problems.
The first two days covered core outdoor first aid skills culminating in a one hour long ‘major incident’ scenario involving three simulated patients, each of which had with trauma and medical issues to be managed.
The third day was a specialist expedition first aid course dedicated to altitude illness training, covering
• Teaching and discussion based altitude illness training
• Use of a Portable Altitude Chamber
• Presentation of case studies
Participants reported that the training course gave them greater knowledge and built their confidence in dealing with first aid incidents and especitally in managing altitude illness.