Pharmacology for Remote Medics

The Pharmacology for Remote Medics is an online course worth 40 hours of continuing professional development. 

For paramedics, remote medics and expedition medics who need to develop head knowledge and hand knowledge of Over the Counter (OTC) and Prescription Only Medications (POM) that they may see whilst working in the Middle East, on oil rigs, transit vessels and remote clinics worldwide. This course provides an excellent background of knowledge on the most common drugs encountered by those who manage and treat adults in remote settings.

It is a three part programme that includes the Minor Emergencies Course, Minor Illness Course and Pharmacology for the Remote Medic.

The aim for this course is to provide innovative and expert medical skills for the operational, deployed and offshore practitioners to become better and more proficient in their professional career.

Pharmacology Final Exam

The final exam is open book and taken online. The pass mark is 80% or higher. There are 35 multiple choice questions and you are given one hour to complete it. There are no retests for this exam. If you fail this exam you will have to retake the entire course.

Course Content

8 Lessons

1. Introduction to Pharmacology

This module covers Pharmacology at cellular level, Anatomy & Physiology relevant to Pharmacology, Drug Nomenclature, Major Sources of Drugs, Classification of Drugs, General Properties of Drugs, of Action of Drugs, Contraindications of Drugs, and Securing and Storing drugs.

2. Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism

This course covers the Three Phases of Drug Activity, Difference between Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetic Principles, Different Routes of Administration, What is Bioavailability, First Pass Effect, Half Life, Drug Receptor Interaction Theory, Dose Response Relationship, Types of Drug Response and Types of Drug Interactions.

3. Classification of Drugs​

This module discusses the important drug classes in pharmacology with examples for each class and how these drugs work with the mechanisms of each of the drug classes.

4. Common Drugs found in Remote Clinics

​This module covers the top ten drugs used by the medics working in remote site clinics who treat both acute and the clinical casualty.

5. Drugs for Altitude

This module includes: Review of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HAPE). It also discusses the pharmacological interventions for each of these ailments along with alternative treatment modalities for mountain medicine.

6. Drugs for Tropical Diseases

​This module covers the top ten Tropical Diseases and the Pharmacological options for each.

7. Hydration, Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

This module discusses the Principles of Fluids and Electrolyte Balance, Overhydration and Dehydration, Hypovolemic Shock, Principles of Fluid Therapy, Concentrations of different electrolytes in the body, Properties of IV fluids & Electrolyte Replacement Products, Routes of Rehydration, Oral Rehydration, Nasogastric Rehydration, IV Rehydration and Rectal Rehydration

8. Case Studies for the Remote Medic

This module will give case based scenarios to solidify the learning in this course. Each case is based on casualties that CoROM instructors have seen during employment as Remote Medics.

Course Details

Duration: Self paced online learning

Cost: €75

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Online access for one year

Accreditation

Who is this for?

For paramedics, remote medics and expedition medics who need to develop head knowledge and hand knowledge of minor injuries that they may see whilst working in the Middle East, on oil rigs, transit vessels and remote clinics worldwide. This course provides an excellent background of knowledge on the most common presenting injuries and conditions encountered by those who manage and treat adults in remote and austere settings.

Learn from the best

All of our instructors are currently working as healthcare professionals. We have former Special Forces medics, city based paramedics, remote medic as well as medical doctors with military and expedition experience.

We are passionate about training.​