Surgical Training for Austere Environments

Category: Training - School of Surgery

Date: February 22nd 2016 until February 26th 2016

Location: The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

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For surgical ST4-ST8 trainees, consultants and SAS Grades



This interactive five-day course will provide you with an understanding of the decision making strategies that have proven effective in surgical settings in austere conditions. By the end of the course, you will be ready to work in a humanitarian crisis, providing emergency surgical care to populations exposed to or recovering from the health consequences of conflict and natural or man-made catastrophe.

Learn from our team of experts, including Mr David Nott OBE FRCS, who has essential experience and personal insight from working in places such as Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Darfur and Haiti. The course format includes hands-on practical workshops using unemabalmed cadavers in the Royal College of Surgeon's state-of-the-art education centre. The course content covers cases associated with conflict and catastrophe, particularly penetrating and crush injuries as well as the management of trauma of the limbs, head, thorax and torso.

A further focus is on post-disaster/conflict procedures including skin flaps and grafts, and the management of orthopaedic fractures using external fixation and traction. One day of the course, held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, deals with the decision making and management of obstetric emergencies including post-partum haemorrhage and caesarean section.

Learning outcomes:

  • Make resource based triage decisions
  • Perform a range of surgical procedures, including management of extremity injuries, trauma and amputations
  • Describe issues and challenges facing surgeons and other medical specialties in austere environments
  • Manage obstetric and gynaecological emergencies including understanding when and how to safely perform a caesarean section
  • Handle the normal range of abdominal emergencies affecting a civilian population in resource constrained environments



Mr David Nott OBE FRCS
Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon
Charing Cross Hospital, London



Early bird booking fee of £2,000 valid until 30 November 2015 (After 30 November 2015, fee is £2,500) Book today and save £500.


Additional Information/Booking

For additional information please contact or 020 7869 6300 

To book a place on the course, please see the following link