“This interactive five-day course teaches the essential surgical decision-making strategies and techniques for surgeons working in austere conditions.

You will use unembalmed cadavers to practice procedures commonly required in a humanitarian crisis, conflict zone or catastrophe aftermath.

Our expert faculty will share hands-on experience gained through their work in places such as Afghanistan, Darfur and Haiti.

Scholarships are available from the David Nott Foundation.

Please note that the last day of the STAE course is delivered at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London. Any travel arrangements should consider this. RCS will transport participants from Manchester to London for the last day, but it is the participants’ responsibility to ensure that their homeward journeys are planned accordingly.

5 days
30.00 CPD Points
After attending this course, you should be able 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
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

Course content
You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:

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
Post-disaster/conflict procedures including skin flaps and grafts, and the management of orthopaedic fractures using external fixation and traction
Decision-making and management of obstetric emergencies including post-partum haemorrhage and caesarean section in austere environments
Take a look at a sample Surgical Training for Austere Environments (STAE) programme.

Course developed with DFID and UKMed
This course has been developed with support from the governmental Department for International Development (DFID) and also from registered NGO UKMed.”