Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.
Oct 25 2012
Injury Patterns and Safety Practices of Deer Hunters
Hunting and fishing injuries are common. Injury prevention programs and safety interventions are optimally determined by understanding the nature of accidents and injuries. The American College of Emergency Physicians held a Research Forum in a...
Oct 22 2012
Ski Patrols and Emergency Medical Services
In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears an article by Drs. Ben Constance and David Johe, and me, entitled “Prehospital Medical Care and the National Ski Patrol: How Does Outdoor Emergency Care Compare to Trad...
Oct 19 2012
Head Injury and Anticoagulant Medication
Increasing numbers of persons take medications on a regular basis. This is in part because we know more about how to effectively manage conditions (such as diabetes and high blood pressure) with medications and in part because we have greater n...
Oct 15 2012
No Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis
Acute bronchitis is a cough-related illness of the air passages (bronchi) cough persists for more than five days (it often lasts for 1 to 3 weeks), with or without production of sputum (whitish, yellow or green phlegm, or “secretions”), and som...
Oct 12 2012
Steroid Injection for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia (tough connective sheath tissue) that encloses the muscles and tendons that traverse the bottom of the foot. It is a syndrome of overuse, caused by excessive walking or running, particularly assoc...
Sep 27 2012
Turn Off the Cell Phone and Pay Attention to What You're Doing
It’s well established now that talking on a cell phone while driving leads to increased motor vehicle crashes. So, the law states that one must use a Bluetooth device or be on a speakerphone while driving. Worse than talking on the phone, whic...
Sep 25 2012
Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole and Drug Interaction
Urinary tract (bladder or kidney) infections are common in all age groups. Many antibiotics are used and are effective to treat these infections. In the overwhelming majority of cases, there aren’t any problems with prescribing antibiotics. Ho...
Sep 21 2012
Steroids for Bell's Palsy
Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis caused by a problem with a specific nerve (the seventh [facial] cranial nerve) that supplies the face. It is rapid in onset, and can cause the muscles of one side of the face to be completely paralyze...
Sep 18 2012
New Test for Dengue
Dengue is a viral disease, transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, that afflicts many travelers to tropical regions, such as the Caribbean and southeast Asia. Part of the problem with diagnosing dengue is near total reliance upon the clin...
Sep 14 2012
Vision and Falls in Elders
In the past, I wrote about the impact of wearing bifocals on the risk of falls. The concept remains that having two different foci of vision that are easily confused while walking would cause a person to fall. What about other causes of dimini...