Introducing our Partner: Remote Area Risk International

︎ 8 August 2023

Remote Area Risk International (R2Ri) is the UK’s leaders in Prolonged Casualty Care, Remote, Austere and Wilderness (TM) Casualty Care and remote area risk management education.

R2Ri has been one of Space Health Research’s partners since our company’s infancy, and has provided us with invaluable expert advice in the remote area medical field. Even prior to the inception of SHR, R2Ri worked closely with our founders and provided data for the world-first PhD in Prolonged Field Care (in association with the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London).

The organisation is deeply immersed in the expedition, adventure travel, exploration, disaster response and remote area operations sectors, and its faculty members have been involved in writing multiple leading sector safety standards. R2Ri’s raison d’etre is:

"Education, Implementation and Support for Remote Area Safety and Duty of Care Practices Globally”

R2Ri have played an important role in training our analogue astronauts and operations teams in risk management and prolonged casualty, and have also provided specialist equipment for the Meili-I mission.

We asked Matthew Davies, Director of R2Ri, what he thought were the most important bits of medical kit for remote and extreme environments, such as space.

“A space mission is an expedition like any other, save in an unusual and unique environment.” For Matthew, questions like where you are going, for how long, what you will be doing and how long you will be from help should form the basis of planning.

Matthew’s three essential supplies on a mission to space would be a reliable, fuelled space craft, the R2Ri team and a great pilot… and lots of tea bags!

“Proper planning and training from genuine experts are key. Everything stems from that.”

To find out more, visit R2Ri’s website here.