// Prolonged Field Care - welcome to the home of civilian PFC in the UK.
R2Ri is the only Wilderness Medical Society Affiliate headquartered in England and Wales and one of only two WMS Affiliates in the UK - the other being the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). R2Ri team members sit on a number of WMS committees including Operational Medicine (military medicine including environmental and PFC), Expedition Medicine and Global Health.
// Prolonged Field Care: 'No help inbound? It's just you. Trained for the Duration?'
Our civilian emphasis Prolonged field Care specific course is the first of its kind in the UK, possibly globally. Running for several years now, we know the training works and makes a difference. It has been used in anger in very remote areas and made a difference. We are working with an internationally renowned UK University on Prolonged Field Care research. The course is part of an academic study, providing input into a PhD, global first of its kind, multi-agency study, with another very relevant organisation providing input into the study alongside Remote Area Risk International.
Due to the specialist nature of the project, we are very lucky to have appropriate guest lecturers demonstrating specialist, PFC relevant equipment.
The R2Ri team are experienced remote area medics. The team includes those experienced in Prolonged field care from both military and civilian operations - whether terrestrial or ship board PFC experience, prolonged evacuations and more. The team also includes University lecturers and academics. We have combined the expertise of team members with Masters Degrees focusing on Prolonged Field and Nursing Care (now undertaking PhD's in Prolonged Field Care), with military and civilian experience.
We have an unparalleled Faculty in the UK to deliver PFC training: Ex British Antarctic Survey Doctor, Ex Everest ER Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Consultant, Military Doctor, Experienced Remote Area Paramedics, Military Medics, Military Nurses, two Nursing Lecturers (University degree lecturers), Off Shore Medics, Telemedicine and Repatriation expert Doctors.
Delegates have come from all branches of the UK military, Army, Navy, Air Force, Royal Marines, Special Forces Medics, research scientists, expedition leaders, ex UK Special Forces Medics, expedition medics, expedition leaders and many more. All gave exceptional feedback and would recommend the course.
What is Prolonged Field Care?
It is NOT simply care in the field - eg hygiene, pro active first aid application/ prevention/awareness of associated conditions arising due to time in the field.
'Prolonged Field Care is field medical care applied beyond doctrinal planning timelines until the patient can be delivered to definitive care. PFC is not a defined set of skills or a phase of care. PFC is an operational problem. COL Sean Keenan, a former US Special Forces Group Surgeon, put it “a really [bad] situation to be in”. Prolonged Field Care is “taking care of a patient who you know needs to be somewhere else for much longer than you are comfortable with.”...'
“Field medical care, applied beyond ‘doctrinal planning time-lines’ ...in order to decrease patient mortality and morbidity. Utilizes limited resources, and is sustained until the patient arrives at an appropriate level of care.” This definition was developed and adopted by a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) SOF medical expert panel and reflects the prolonged management of serious casualties in a field or austere setting with limited resources. This approach to complex medical problems mirrors wilderness medicine in its scope and application, and, in fact, has direct application to nonmilitary medical practice.
In a civilian context, our patient is ill or injured, we are some time/distance away from help and we need to get them to help or get help to us. Assistance is not coming any time soon. PFC fills the gap between our incident response to safe handover. We have to do what we can, with what we have available. How do we do this? PFC starts where traditional Pre Hospital Care/First Aid training stops.
The course is an introduction to PFC level course, which very much complements and is intended for those who have undertaken or are about to undertake our Advanced Wilderness Life Support, Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support and Wilderness First Responder programmes. The course is often run immediately after our Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course and/or immediately in advance of our Wilderness First Responder Course. Those courses cover hygiene to wound care, evacuation necessary ailments and injuries and much more besides. The PFC course does not teach medical skills but provides a framework for care for extended periods, with little help.
We run courses that cover:
PFC for Medics
PFC for non Medic expedition leaders
Both streams are designed to rapidly introduce delegates to this subject, provide a real world hands on scenario and allow the delegates to go away from the course, well equipped to consider how they can improve their performance on the next occasion and prepare for a real life PFC scenario.
We also deliver follow on training for those wanting to study these skills over a longer period in more depth.
The course will take delegates through a systematic approach to PFC including with memorable Mnemonics - assisted by our field proof flow charts and aide memoires.
Delegates will also be taught a framework - relevant to their skills levels - to enable them to implement PFC in the field and introduced to lightweight, real world kit, that you would have with you on expedition/ in the field.
What is Prolonged Field Care?
The problem - loss of the Golden Hour
Case Study examples
The PFC Algorithm - from primary survey to pain assessment and control, ravine to nursing care, unwell ruminants to telemedicine, packaging, transport and handover.
Equipment and improvisation - the R2Ri PFC Module.
Introduction to field documentation
Communications and power in the field
Working with Helicopters
International Evacuation and Insurance
Post course CPD
Further learning/experience options
Academic PFC case study capture
Both medic and non medic streams are run over two days, at the same time, at the National Mountain Centre, Plas Y Brenin. Both streams involve pre reading, lectures and skill stations, introducing delegates to a formula to undertake Prolonged Field Care post incident and to practice these skills as well as gain experience in a friendly, supportive environment - culminating in an overnight exercise, treating, monitoring and caring for the patient in an outdoor setting, with minimal (expedition typical only kit), utilising telemedicine and more. The exercise culminates in an evacuation to an intended Helicopter Landing Site.
The practical phase of the course concludes at lunch time of day 2, followed by hot showers, lunch, debrief and then running the course to conclusion.
The course is complemented by post course resources including wipe clean, PFC specific field aide memoires.
The Medic and Non Medic streams are run in Parallel with each aimed at the skill set of the respective group.
Our next PFC courses are:
29-30 October 2022 - Full
2023 courses will be published very soon. We will be running 2 x "open" PFC courses in 2023 including our new PFC+ module incorporating ultra lightweight and ruggedised equipment that significantly changes the art of the possible.
Venue: The National Outdoor Centre, Plas y Brenin, Snowdonia.
Accommodation and food are not included as clients tell us that they want flexibility and we wish to be as inclusive as possible. Inexpensive accommodation can be booked at the venue itself. Note that the end of day 1 sees delegates go up in to the hills for an overnight exercise using their own tents.
Covid19: We have limited places to ensure social distancing and have also significantly upscaled kit to minimise cross handling of kit. Wearing of masks will be mandatory. Scenarios will be individual and/or socially distanced. Masks and face shields plus gloves and sanitiser will be issued to all delegates. There will be pre screening of all delegates prior to attending the venue. Please view the venue website regarding the steps that they are taking regarding Covid precautions - that all our delegates will have to comply with on site.
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