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Wilderness first responder course

This is an advanced first aid course with special emphasis on austere/remote environments where there is no nearby medical support. This is a comprehensive 4-day training course that targets individuals who, by nature of their work, are more often than not in the wilderness and would be called upon to respond to serious emergencies that casualties would require stabilization or some form of intervention before they are transferred to hospital.

This is tailored for those who have completed the first aid course. It equips the participants with the DOs and DONTs in an emergency situation while in the field. Being in the wilderness calls for a lot of ingenuity and improvisation to maximize and improve the quality of life. The course outline includes but is not limited to the following:

  • General principles of physiology and pathology of outdoor medicine
  • Principles of outdoor medicine
  • Quick guide to head to toe examination
  • Understanding Critical Body Systems
  • Understanding your limits as a first responder
  • Assessment and initial management of the injured
  • Life threatening emergencies
  • Managing the animal attack victim
  • The trauma casualty
  • Immobilization and bandaging of fractures/bleeding
  • High risk situations: when to get concerned and worried
  • Water borne diseases and water purification
  • Pain management
  • Basic Life Support
  • Moving the trauma casualty
  • Safe transfer and decision making
  • Mass casualty incident and triage
  • Documentation
  • Arranging and coordinating a medical evacuation (road or air)

The course is run by our full time Emergency Flight Nurses with vast experience in Critical Care Nursing and Pre-Hospital patient management.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course

This is a 3-day course targeting doctors and nurses working in and out of hospital, who by nature of their work, come across situations of critical nature that require advanced intervention in an emergent nature. The course in run by our full time experienced advanced life support provider flight nurses/doctors in line with American Heart Association recommendation. The course outline includes:

  • Introduction and ACLS perspective
  • Basic Life Support and team concept
  • Airway management
  • ECG interpretation
  • Cardiac dysrhythmias/Arhythmias
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • 12 lead ECG
  • The Mega Code
  • Post Resuscitation Care
  • Introduction to Aviation Medicine

The course culminates with both theory and practical exams leading to certification as an advanced life support provider.

First Aid and Basic Life Support

This is a three-day course covering first aid that surpasses NITA requirements in Kenya. The course also incorporates Basic life Support (BLS) – CPR and basic airway emergency manoeuvres as would be employed by a bystander in an out of hospital scenario. Other topics covered include choking, snake bite, wound and fracture care, spinal injury care, etc.

The course offers professional training for management and staff of Organizations, Companies and communities, as well as individuals on the vital aspects of FIRST AID and BASIC LIFE SUPPORT to ensure safety at the work place, in the house, and in the field. The course involves both practical and theoretical studies, culminating in a two part examination. Any one course can accommodate 15 to 20 students. A certificate is awarded on successful completion.

The participants will be equipped in understanding the basic anatomy and physiology of the various systems affected and various emergency scenarios. The course outline covers areas of but not limited to: Respiratory system, Cardiovascular system, neuro systems, Gastrointestinal, genitourinary, maskuloskeletal among others to include the various emergency situations and interventions. The participants are equipped with various skills and knowledge to handle any emergency situation both at the work place, home, or wilderness.

Brief customised courses

We can arrange bespoke training on selected topics in emergency care. Examples include

  • Snake bites/stings/envenomation
  • The unconscious patient
  • Introduction to Aviation Medicine
  • Infection control
  • General health talks – Diabetes, Hypertension, Gout, etc…

Course Details

Academic Requirements

All participants must have a sound comprehension of English, both written and spoken.


These courses can be offered either at AMREF Flying Doctors at the Wilson airport, Amref Health Africa HQ, or at client’s premises if appropriate.


The training equipment includes resuscitation mannequins, splints, bandages, and more. Where applicable, also a Semi-automatic defibrillator and Airway trainer.


Each course is conducted by two of our full time flight nurses, who have longstanding teaching experience and several years of working experience on the job. All our flight nurses are qualified and registered nurses with additional degrees in intensive care nursing and trained in Advanced Cardiac, Trauma, and Pediatric Life Support.

Course Contents

Costs for the trainings are as below, maximum class size is 20

First aid and Basic Life Support $1600 at AMREF Flying Doctors Premise
$1300 at own premise
Wilderness First Responder $2600
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Ksh 18500 per person
Brief Courses From $1000

For trainings conducted at client’s site, costs will be adjusted to cater for transportation and catering.