Anaesthesia for Humanitarian and Austere Environments

New e-Learning module for doctors involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid work in disaster areas and developing countries

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) e-Learning team and faculty of the 'Anaesthesia for Austere Environments/Humanitarian Aid' course have collaborated to develop an e-Learning module to support training for work undertaken with international aid agencies. It is ideal for those who have undertaken ‘austere environment’ training in the UK who may want to refresh their knowledge. It also provides a good basis for any anaesthetist who is either considering work in a resource-poor environment or intending to undertake pre-deployment training.

The ten session module provides a brief introduction to the differences that anaesthetists find between working in the UK and in resource-poor environments. In addition to essential information, it provides practical tips on adapting knowledge and skills to different working environments, limited resources and unfamiliar equipment. All the e-Learning sessions are mapped to the 'Anaesthesia in developing countries' section of the CCT in Anaesthetics Annex D - Higher Level Training document.

The package comprises ten sessions covering:

  • Global Healthcare Organization
  • Equipment
  • Drugs and Transfusion
  • Trauma Management
  • Obstetrics
  • Paediatric Anaesthesia
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Perioperative Medicine
  • Hygiene and Infection Control
  • Communication, Culture, and Decision Making

These sessions are now live and can be accessed by any UK NHS employee as e-Learning Anaesthesia Module 15 on the new e-LfH Hub at

Rachael Craven, FRCA
Module Editor

Ed Hammond MRCP FRCA & Andrew McIndoe FRCA
Joint Clinical Leads, e-Learning Anaesthesia

23 October 2015