Aeromedical Retrieval Medicine for Extreme Altitude

The ARMEA course is designed to prepare the medical professional for work as a Flight Paramedic, nurse or doctor working on a HEMS unit that retrieves casualties at extreme altitude. Retrieval medicine takes a profound amount of skills to stabilise the critical casualty whilst adding environmental stressors them during the medical evacuation. Add to that are the additional stresses that are found in altitudes above ten thousand feet (3000m).

This online course covers some of the medical skills required for Flight Paramedics working at high altitudes. It is specifically designed for work on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft working in resource-poor environments and who have a prolonged evacuation time.

This course is offered in collaboration with the Mount Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue company based in Moshi, Tanzania. Flight Paramedics who complete this CPD course, attend the Foundations in Critical Care course in Malta and who spend at least six weeks on the HEMS unit will earn the Diploma of Aeromedical Retrieval Medicine for Extreme Altitude (Dip.ARMEA).

This course can also be taken as a stand alone CPD course that is work 40 hours of CPD/CME credits. Completing the online course does not grant the use of Dip.ARMEA as post nominals.

The ARMEA course teaches altitude and retrieval medicine for the Remote Practitioner.

The United Nations is currently using this CPD course to meet requirements for aeromedical evacuation certification.



ARMEA Course Content

  • Flight Physiology
  • Aeromedical Fundamentals
  • Trauma Patient Assessment
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Cardiac Emergencies
  • Austere Wound Management
  • Austere Burns Management
  • Infectious Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Emergencies
  • Dermatology for the Remote Practitioner
  • Shock, Sepsis and Anaphylaxis
  • Hydration Physiology
  • Genitourinary Emergencies
  • HEENT Emergencies
  • Altered Mental Status
  • Prolonged Field Care
  • Minor Emergencies
  • Minor Illness
  • Heat and Cold Emergencies

ARMEA Course Details


​Self-paced online learning

Cost: €75

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Online access for one year