In the event of a serious medical emergency, air-lift to the closest major hospital can be arranged, with approval from a competitor's insurance company. The Air Greenland helicopter is based at Constable Point airport and in the case of an emergency, Ittoqqortoormiit hospital is within 15 minutes flying time of the event route, equipped to deal with most accidents, illnesses and traumas occurring within the region. A doctor and nurse are permanently based at this hospital and would deal with any medical conditions occurring before, during or after the event whilst competitors are in Greenland.
The event is supported with dedicated medical support, and the Tangent Expeditions team are trained in Outdoor Emergency First Aid and our guides are experienced in Mountain and Wilderness First Aid. We are also supported with remote assistance from Dr Matthew Wilkes (MBChB MSc MCEM FRCA FAWM FRGS) in the UK.
All participants will be briefed pre-race by Tangent guides and staff regarding a range of minor medical conditions including those that are specific to Arctic regions (e.g. snow blindness) and that can be prevented by individuals through simple precautionary steps.