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.
Jun 20 2011
Biphosphonates, Osteoporosis, and Bone Fractures
X-ray of a fractured femur boneMy 86 year-old mother, who is generally in good health, slipped and fell recently and suffered a fractured femur. She was unfortunate to have suffered the accident, but had the good fortune to be discovered quick...
Jun 09 2011
The Aspects of Humanitarian Medicine
Aid worker administers medicine to Haitian child in Léogâne.With the current wave of natural disasters and international conflicts extant in the world today, the number of people engaged in global humanitarian relief, including medicine, is gro...
Jun 06 2011
Artificial Breathing in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
The compression stage of CPR.Recent guidelines recommend that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be done with compressions only, eliminating the requirement for the untrained rescuer to attempt to breathe for (ventilate) the victim. This effe...
Jun 02 2011
Superfocus Glasses: A Review
Superfocus glassesAs I write this post, I’m wearing my new Superfocus glasses. I was given the glasses by the company to demonstrate, and they are nothing less than remarkable. I’ve used them mostly in two very common settings for me—indoors a...
May 06 2011
Brief Introduction to Search and Rescue
Finding lost persons in the wilderness is, unfortunately, increasingly necessary as greater numbers of persons explore in the outdoors. Beyond the need to find explorers in remote environments, there is the common situation of a young child wan...
Apr 21 2011
Smart Phones and Crisis Mapping
Crisis Map of Haiti, 2010, via the OpenStreetMap projectI’d like to use this post to mention a new concept for wilderness medicine that was introduced to me at the Wilderness Medical Society annual meeting this past summer in Snowmass by Satchi...
Mar 15 2011
Radiation Exposure and Japan
Nuclear Power Plant in Cattemom, France, photo by Stefan KuhnAlthough the casualties from the massive earthquake and tsunami of last week are all from the injuries related to the onrush of water, collapse of structures and other related events,...
Mar 07 2011
The Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine
The Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine (ACWM) is a regional collaborative non-profit dedicated to promoting quality wilderness medical education and practice in southern Appalachia (North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, T...
Mar 03 2011
CA Academy of Sciences Center for Exploration & Travel Health
CAS Building in Golden Gate Park, CAMy good friend Dr. Matthew Lewin has launched a website for the Center for Exploration & Travel Health affiliated with the California Academy of Sciences (CAS): http://research.calacademy.org/IETH. This ...
Feb 24 2011
Parapoxvirus Infection in Deer Hunters
Just when you thought it was safe to go out in the woods comes a report from Amira Roess and colleagues (New England Journal of Medicine 363;27:2621-7) about a poxvirus that one can contract from handling infected deer. After an incubation perio...