Medicine for the Outdoors
Medicine for the Outdoors

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.

  • Feb 27 2012

    Risk-taking Behavior and Helmet Use in Skiers

    The general consensus in the medical community regarding helmet use and skiing (also snowboarding) is that helmets should be worn to prevent or lessen head injuries related to falls and collisions. While a helmet may not significantly lessen de...

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  • Feb 13 2012

    Modification of Glasgow Coma Scale for Injured Elders

    The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a score that is used to assess mental status, particularly in the evaluation of injured persons. It is frequently used to determine if a patient should be transported to a trauma center. Here is the GCS scorin...

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  • Feb 06 2012

    Binge Drinking is Dangerous

    In terms of drug abuse, both indoors and outdoors, alcohol leads the list. It is the most easily obtained drug, legal, socially acceptable, and marketed heavily to the same demographic most likely to show poor judgment in its use—namely, teenag...

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  • Jan 30 2012

    Cycling Safety

    I was fortunate to be invited to participate as moderator at the Stanford Trauma Bike Safety Summit, which was held at Stanford University Medical Center on November 9, 2011. It was an informative and spirited gathering, assembled by invitation...

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  • Jan 23 2012

    Lightning Safety Awareness

    This post relates information learned in a recent issue (Volume 22, Number 3, 2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by the Wilderness Medical Society. In an article entitled “Lightning Safety Awareness of Vi...

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  • Jan 17 2012

    Snowboarding and Wrist Injuries

    This post relates information learned in the most recent issue (Volume 22, Number 3, 2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by the Wilderness Medical Society. In an article entitled “Snowboarding Injuries in ...

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  • Dec 22 2011

    Submersion Injury: Prevention is Key

    This is another post derived from a presentation given at the 2011 Annual Summer Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society. Tracy Cushing, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine gave an excellent presentation on submersion injury—...

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  • Dec 01 2011

    Epinephrine for Out-of-Hospital Treatment of Anaphylaxis

    For management of a serious (even life-threatening) allergic reaction, I have been teaching adults to administer epinephrine (adrenaline) by injection for years. This can be a lifesaving intervention. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commu...

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  • Nov 18 2011

    Ski Helmets and Reaction Time

    Ski season is upon us. Many experts (including myself) are of the opinion that helmets should be worn by all downhill skiers and snowboarders to help prevent head injuries. One of the “con” arguments proposed by some persons who object to weari...

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  • Nov 07 2011

    Treating Coracoid Impingement Syndrome

    The next series of posts will be “translations” for laypersons of articles that appear in Volume 22, Number 2 (2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, which is published by Elsevier for the Wilderness Medical Society. Much...

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.

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