Prometheus Support DMS Expedition to Bolivia
A team from the Defence Medical Services recently deployed to the relatively unexplored area of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia. The primary aim was to carry out medical research into predictors of acute mountain sickness but it also offered the opportunity to undertake adventurous training, thus developing both physical and leadership qualities to enhance operational effectiveness.
The Bolivian expedition was the fourth in a series of medical scientific expeditions led by members of the DMS. Previous successful expeditions have taken place to Aconcagua, Island Peak and to Everest Base Camp.
Prometheus were represented on the expedition by Dr Alastair Nicol, the Expedition Medicine (ExpeMed) Course Director and a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine in the Army. Prometheus also provided a satellite communications system (BGAN) which allowed the expedition team to send daily blogs to the expedition website (www.dmsexpeds.org.uk).