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.
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...
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...
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...
Sep 12 2011
Continuing Medical Education in Nepal
There are two continuing medical education trips coming up in the spring of 2012 that might appeal to anyone who wishes to trek in Nepal. The first is the “Everest Experience” sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Society and hosted by Peak Promo...
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 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 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 19 2011
Update on Vaccine Against Meningococcus
One of the most feared infectious diseases for outdoor travelers—particularly children and young adults—meningitis caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus). The infection can appear in outbreaks, most commonly abroad, part...
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...