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Mission Performance at High Altitude (MPHA)

 

This is a “live it, learn it” course of instruction designed to teach combat leadership how to get the absolute best physical performance from their Warfighters at altitude.


Course Intent


This course is designed to enhance, even prepare students for the challenges they will face in the United States MarineCorps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC).  The purpose of the course is to teach medical and non-medical personnel what the effects of high altitude are, how they affect mission performance and how to recognize and mitigate them.  The course is not tactics based.

 

This program is designed for all personnel concerned with maintaining operational performance at altitude especially leaders.  The technical aspects and protocols presented to any participating medical personnel enable them to provide the full range options to their units.  All participants gain in their understanding of and experience the effects of altitude and the actions they may take to maximize mission success.

 

The altitude training (13,250 feet, 4,000 meters) exceeds that of the MCMWTC.

 

The course is designed for a minimum of ten (10) students and a maximum of (60) students. This course is conducted twelve (12) times a year.  Course length is five calendar days (M-F), which includes classroom didactic, training at altitude and travel.

 

 

Base Day 1: San Diego, CA


0800    Introduction:  Goal = “What should I know to work at altitude”

 

0900    Physics of Altitude / Respirry Physiology

 

1000    Performance Factors

 

  1. Oxygen

  2. Sleep

  3. Dehydration

  4. Nutrition

  5. Cardiac Function

  6. Cold

  7. Secondary Physiologic / Hormone effects

 

1100    Acute Altitude Sickness

 

1300    Measureable Effects of Altitude

 

  1. Respiratory Response

  2. Oxygen Saturation

  3. Inappropriate fluid loss

 

1500    Mitigation Techniques – An Inventory:  Good and Bad

 

  1. Acclimatization

  2. Herbals

  3. Diamox

  4. Dexamethazone

  5. Sildenafil

  6. Stimulants

  7. Supplemental Oxygen

 

1700    Baseline Cognitive Evaluations

 

 

Day 2: Movement to Altitude

 

0630    Depart Airport for Denver

 

1000  Arrive Denver International

  1. Ground Transport to Base (arrival at 10,400 ft)

 

1300    Immediate Responses to Altitude

 

  1. Vital Signs / Oxygen Sat

  2. Equipment Issue

  3. Cognitive Evaluation

 

1500    Mountain Survival 1

 

1600   Overland Movement

 

  1. Aerobic Performance at Altitude (Arrive at 13,250 ft = 4000m)

 

1900    Unit Level Mountain Exercise 1

 

2200    Altitude Effects Observaton

 

  1. (Overnight under field conditions at altitude)

 

 

Day 3: 11,700 ft

 

0700    Movement to Hut Camp, 11,700 ft

 

0800    Acute Mountain Sickness Observed

 

  1. Vital Signs / Oxygen Sat / Orthostatic changes

 

0900    AMS Evaluation Tools:  Lake Louise Survey

 

0930    Selection of Altitude Effects Mitigation Strategies

 

1000    Measureable Altitude Effects

 

  1. Hydration

  2. ABG Demonstration

  3. Sleep cycle

  4. Weight

  5. Urine output / concentration

 

1200    Cognitive Evaluation

 

1400    Mountain Survival Training 2

 

1430    Cold Weather Physiology

 

  1. Effects

  2. Adaptation

 

1530    Hypothermia

 

  1. Physics of Body Thermal Regulation

  2. Hypothermia Effects Mitigation

 

1630    Cold Weather Technologies

 

  1. Hypothermia Treatment

  2. Casualty Care in the Cold

 

1700    Unit Level Mountain Exercise 2

 

2000    Cold Water Immersion

 

  1. Survival Strategies

  2. Cold Water Immersion vs WInd

 

2200    Altitude Effects Observation

 

 

Day 4: 11,700 ft

 

0800    AMS Evaluation with Mitigation

 

0900    Diseases of Altitude

 

  1. HAPE

  2. HACE

  3. Retinal Hemorrhages

  4. Sickle Crisis

 

1000    Frostbite

 

1100    Performance at Altitude

 

  1. Cognitive

  2. Physical

  3. Aerobic Mission Performance

 

1200    Unit Level Mountain Exercise 3

 

1600    Return to Base 10,400 ft

 

1730    Movement to Billeting

 

1900    Dinner

 

 

Day 5: Base 10,400 ft and Descent

 

0800    Summary / Protocol Options and Recommendations

 

1000    Equipment Recovery

 

1100    Depart Billeting for Denver Airport

 

1300    Arrive Denver International Airport

 

 

  1. The price for the course is $1400 (*WTA discount is available, other custom course price and discounts are available through direct coordination)

  2. We accept Purchase Orders, Contracts, Cash, Checks, Credit Cards, IMPAC Cards, EFT’s, and SF182’s

 

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