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.
Dec 05 2011
Bee Aware Program
There is a site on the Internet named "Bee Aware" that provides information for patients and physicians about stinging insect allergies and venom immunotherapy. The quality of the information is good, so this website makes an excellent referenc...
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...
Nov 28 2011
Update on Zanfel Pricing
I recently received a note mailed to health care providers from Steve Sisler, Vice President of Sales Development for Zanfel Laboratories, Inc. Zanfel is a product used to decrease the skin reaction attributable to poison ivy and similar plants...
Nov 21 2011
Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for Frostbite
Led by Scott McIntosh, MD and his colleagues, the Wilderness Medical Society has published "Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Frostbite" (Wild Environ Med 2011:22;156-166). These guidelines are intended to provide clinicia...
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...
Nov 14 2011
Stinging nettle plants, courtesy of Dezidor (CC BY 3.0)Hikers often brush up against injurious plants, such as poison oak or thorny shrubs. One particularly vexing plant is the “ubiquitous weed, Urtica dioica,” commonly known as stinging nettl...
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...
Nov 03 2011
FDA Approves Boostrix Vaccine for Elders
Most of us are familiar with the need to achieve immunization against tetanus (“lockjaw”) and diphtheria. Fewer are familiar with the need to immunize against pertussis (“whooping cough”). Boostrix is a vaccine used to achieve immunity against ...
Oct 27 2011
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System and Mack’s Ear Care Products
As most of you know, I am sometimes sent outdoor health equipment and supplies to evaluate. I’ve recently received a few items worthy of mention. Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration SystemFirst, there is the Sawyer Products ‘Squeeze’ Water Filt...
Oct 24 2011
Emergency Veterinary Medicine
There is a lot written about how to take care of people in the outdoors, but what about our “furry friends?” In the textbook Wilderness Medicine, there is a chapter on Emergency Veterinary Medicine. Given that we are apt to hike or camp with pe...