ExpeMed™ (Expedition Medicine) Course

4 days

ExpeMed™ is the UK's longest established expedition medicine course for healthcare professionals.  Established by Dr Stephen Hearns in 1998, ExpeMed™ has developed a well-earned reputation for being the leading expedition medicine course in the UK and Prometheus has been the sole course provider since 2008.

As well as small-group practical sessions, the course consists of an intense series of interactive outdoor training scenarios to teach and enhance skills of teamwork, communication, leadership and improvisation.  Practical sessions include casualty extrication from vehicles in remote areas, use of improvised stretchers and provision of safe drinking water.  These interactive sessions are interspersed with a small number of superb short lectures outlining key issues such as diving medicine, altitude medicine and heat illness.

The instructional faculty includes highly experienced doctors, paramedics and expedition leaders who are all current and highly respected in their field.  In keeping with Prometheus' reputation for educational innovation, teaching is largely based on realistic practical scenarios delivered in a challenging, fun and highly stimulating way. 

Students will have the opportunity to become a member of the ExpeMed™ Register and be informed of requests for expedition medics. 

Course Content

The ExpeMed™ course aims to provide healthcare professionals with the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to plan for an expedition, maintain the expedition's health and manage illness and injuries in a remote location.

The syllabus includes:
Expedition preparation and planning
Expedition health protection
Trauma management in the field
Field resuscitation
Pre-hospital management of spinal injuries
Improvised splintage
Improvised casualty carrying and stretchers
Heat injuries
Planning an expedition to the tropics
Tropical medicine in the field
Mountain medicine
Cold injuries
Drinking water on an expedition
Wound management
Remote casualty extrication from a vehicle
Water safety
Primary care for expeditions
Medical emergencies in the field
Expedition dentistry
Joining an expedition
Expedition medical kits
Medico-legal and practical aspects of medications on an expedition
Extensive practical skills training
Entry Criteria

Healthcare Professional (Doctor, Nurse, Paramedic, EMT, Combat Medical Technician Class 1, Dentist).



Prometheus certificate

Contact Details


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