First aid in remote areas

The practice of first aid in areas remote from quick medical assistance is far more demanding than that required in a suburban environment. Remoteness from medical aid is mostly determined by the time required for assistance to arrive, and could be influenced by:

  • distance
  • terrain
  • weather conditions, which may hamper or prevent travel out or help returning
  • size and experience of the party, which could be too small or inexperienced to seek help safely
  • rescue and evacuation facilities available in the area at the time.

Assistance could be several hours, or possibly several days, away.