The interactive three-day Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course teaches the essential surgical decision-making strategies and techniques for surgeons working in austere conditions.
The HEST course covers penetrating and crushing injuries as well as the management of trauma of the limbs, head, thorax and torso. A further focus is on post-disaster and conflict procedures including skin flaps, grafts, and the management of orthopaedic fractures using external fixation and traction.
Our expert faculty will share hands-on experience gained through their work in places such as Afghanistan, Darfur and Haiti.
The teaching is lecture and discussion based with a practical element provided by the Foundation’s bespoke simulator model. Made from modern synthetic materials, the simulator will make scenarios and operations memorable so they will be recalled by the surgeons in real-life situations and they will perform the correct, life-saving operation.