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Wilderness Medicine

Observations, questions and dialogue on wilderness medicine topics.
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    Handwashing, Giardia and old Tales

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    Once there was a time, days of freedom and ignorance vaguely remembered as the 70’s, when we didn’t worry about wilderness water quality. We drank when and where we pleased. Yes, there was a tale of backpackers in Utah who became ill with...
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    Lightning Precautions

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Spring, summer (peak season), and autumn are the seasons during which we witness most thunderstorms, and during which people and animals are struck by lightning. The...
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    Rabies Vaccine Shortage

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog The American College of Emergency Physicians has just alerted emergency physicians that because of a shortage of rabies vaccine, they need to obtain a confirmation...
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    Wilderness Risk Management Conference - 15 years later

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    Fifteen years ago I opened the first WRMC in a large tent at the NOLS base in Conway Washington. Today, amid the beautiful fall colors in Grand Teton National Park, I was looking at my notes from that presentation Opening remarks WRMC 1994. Current Issues...
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    Poison Oak Allergic Contact Dermatitis

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Case Reviews in Clinical Dermatology, Volume 1 Issue 3, had an interesting discussion about certain aspects of poison oak/ivy dermatitis. The following are some of...
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    To Thaw or not to Thaw

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    I was recently asked what to do if you can't make it back to the trailhead in one day with frozen toes and have to spend the night in the field? How do you keep the toes from thawing while keeping the rest of your body warm? This is a practical and...
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    Oral Ondansetron to Assist Oral Rehydration Therapy

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Oral rehydration can be a lifesaving therapy for persons, particularly children, suffering from dehydration. The most common cause of dehydration in children is infectious...
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    Sildenafil, altitude and exercise

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    If you teach wilderness medicine you get used to questions about sildenafil (Viagra) and altitude illness. While there are many drugs considered as prevention or treatment of altitude illness, sildenafil seems to tweak more interest – imagine that...
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    Update on AMS and HACE

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog This is the seventh post based upon educational sessions and syllabus material presented at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting & 25th Anniversary held...
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    Outdoor Medicine and the Environment Redux

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Earlier this year, I published a series of three posts based upon a commentary I wrote, entitled "Physicians and the Environment," that was published in...
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    Outdoor Sports Injury Prevention

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Outdoor recreation is the fastest growing category of recreation in the U.S., and perhaps worldwide. In addition to hiking, trekking, backbacking, camping, fishing...
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    Injury and Illness Encountered in Shenandoah National Park

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    This article by John Forrester and Christopher Holstege from the December 2009 edition of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine published by the Wilderness Medical Society presents an excellent model for understanding the most common types of illnesses...
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    Auto-Injector Safety

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    I recently received a credible email account of a person with WFR training accidently discharging an auto-injector of epinephrine into their thumb. Thankfully, the thumb, and the patient who really needed the epinephrine are fine. The anecdote is a reminder...
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    WMS Recommendations on the Use of Epinephrine in Outdoor Education and Wilderness Settings

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    In the new issue of the Journal of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine is the Wilderness Medical Society Roundtable Report--Recommendations on the Use of Epinephrine in Outdoor Education and Wilderness Settings by Flavio Gaudio MD, Jay Lemery MD,...
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    New Guidelines for CPR & ECC, including NEW CPR sequence

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    American Heart Association (AHA) Announces New CPR Sequence in 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care No More A-B-Cs; now its C-A-B! For more than 40 years, we've learned the ABCs of CPR - Airway, Breathing and Compressions...
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    Injury and Illness in College Outdoor Education - Study Published

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    The current issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (Vol 21, Num4, 2010), the official publication for the Wilderness Medical Society, has an article titled “Injury and Illness in College Outdoor Education” by Flavio Gaudio MD and colleagues...
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    Book Review: "One Move Too Many..."

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog One Move Too Many…How To Understand The Injuries And Overuse Syndromes of Rock Climbing is written by Thomas Hochholzer and Volker Schoeeffl, and edited by...
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    New Drugs for Treating Severe Frostbite

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Prostacyclin (a derived form of a prostaglandin) is a bioactive compound that is believed to have beneficial effects in treating frostbite. It works by inhibiting...
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    New Study Finds Helmet Use in Children Reduces Skull Fractures in Skiing/Boarding

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    The helmet debate in winter sports has raged on for a long time with some people claiming that wearing a helmet increases accidents because people feel safer with a helmet and therefore ski faster, what's often referred to as risk homeostasis. While...
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    Evolving Snake Venom

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    Have you heard the story of evolving snake venom? Apparently snake venom in general is becoming more potent and, gasp, snakes have been interbreeding and sharing potent neurotoxins. Alas, while this is good stuff for horror movies, it’s not yet...
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    Bacterial Diarrhea

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Foodborne bacterial diarrhea is a common problem of backpackers, kayakers, divers - of anyone who ventures into the outdoors and is therefore associated with ingestion...
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    Wilderness First Aid Scope of Practice Update

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    Folks This is an update on the wilderness first aid scope of practice process and documents. Our group of colleagues have been working steadily on these documents.We have circulated several drafts of the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Scope of Practice document...
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    Proper Hydration at High Altitude

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog The standard dictum when advising persons who travel to high altitude, and thus expose themselves to a lower atmospheric oxygen concentration, is to stay "well...
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    Pain Management in Children for Broken Bones

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog Pain management is a hot topic in medicine in general and certainly in medicine for the outdoors. Injuries in particular, and many illnesses, cause pain, which in...
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    Evidence-Based Management of Wilderness Injuries

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    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog This is the next post based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation...
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