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 08 2011
The Concept of Risk
Dr. Robert “Brownie” Schoene, an enormously talented, accomplished, and insightful physician who resides within the bedrock of wilderness medicine, gave a wonderful presentation about the concept of risk at the 2010 annual summer meeting of the...
Oct 03 2011
Mass Casualty Incident Response in Antarctica
Isolated environments combined with austere circumstances sometimes call for extraordinary measures, and in particular call for planning in advance for situations of multi-casualty incidents. Many, if not most, austere settings are in outdoor o...
Sep 19 2011
Comparing New Agents Used to Control Bleeding
Once of the major recent advances in trauma care has been the evolution of topical substances that can be applied to wounds in order to limit or stop hemorrhage (bleeding). This is very important in wilderness medicine, because uncontrolled ble...
Aug 08 2011
Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River
The following is a book review I wrote that was just published in the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine: Running Dry by Jonathan Waterman (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic; 2010,$26 U.S., 305 pages, hardcover) is in many wa...
Aug 03 2011
WMS Publishes Guidelines on Acute Altitude Illness
Led by Andrew Luks MD and his colleagues, the Wilderness Medical Society has published Consensus Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Altitude Illness (Wild Environ Med 2010:21;146-155). These guidelines are intended to provide ...
Jul 14 2011
Fatal Bear Attack
By now, most everyone is familiar with the tragic circumstances in which a visitor on a trail in Yellowstone National Park on July 6, 2011 surprised a brown (grizzly) bear with cubs, provoking a fatal attack. Fortunately, events like this are r...
Jul 11 2011
When You Break or Lose A Tooth
Sometimes when a person falls or is struck in the mouth, a tooth is broken or knocked out. If a tooth is cracked (with the root still present and in place), there is little for the victim to do other than keep his mouth clean and avoid contact ...
Jun 14 2011
Snakebite and Snake Venom Information
Eastern coral snake, photo courtesy of Norman Benton, CC-BY-SA 3.0The Wilderness Medical Society held its annual meeting at Snowmass last summer July 23-28, 2010. There were numerous terrific educational sessions. In a series of posts, I am goi...
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...
May 16 2011
Stopping the Bleeding
The Combat Application Tourniquet Dr. Brad Bennett provided an excellent workshop at the 2010 Wilderness Medical Society annual meeting in Snowmass, Colorado on how to manage severe bleeding, based on his work with the Committee on Tactical Com...