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.
Apr 14 2010
Summiting Success and Acute Mountain Sickness on Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and a popular tourist destination. Because it is easy to access and is a commonly attempted summit, this mountain is frequently attempted by persons with little mountaineering experience and no t...
Apr 10 2010
The Significance of Fever Associated with Soft Tissue Infections
Skin and soft tissue infections are commonplace in the outdoors. As with every other medical problem, there may arise the issue of when to seek medical care or even when to evacuate the victim. For a medical professional, many of these decisions a...
Apr 07 2010
Thank You to Global Rescue
I've posted previously about Global Rescue, a company with deployable field rescue teams that can be hired to extract persons who are injured or ill from anywhere in the world. The company provides medical consultative services, evacuation and ext...
Apr 03 2010
More on Frostbite
In the last post, I wrote about frostbite management. Since the time that the information for that post was made available to me, there have been some interesting developments in the science and clinical management recommendations for frostbite in...
Mar 31 2010
Dr. Claire Turchi and I recently provided information that was published in an article about frostbite, with the reference citation of Turchi C, Auerbach PS: Frostbite. https://online.epocrates.com/u/2911997/Frostbite The following is some highli...
Mar 24 2010
Wilderness First Aid
In a recent issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (Volume 20, Number 2, 2009), Thomas Welch and colleagues have written an article entitled “Wilderness First Aid: Is There an Industry Standard?” The purpose of their inquiry was to determ...
Mar 23 2010
Thank You to Suture for a Living for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Suture for a Living for mentioning my post about a dog being bitten by a snake in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great...
Mar 20 2010
He Did What?
It's taken me a while to get to this one. Last spring, there was a news story about a man who said he saved his dog's life by sucking venom from a rattlesnake bite out of the animal's nose. After he performed this life-saving feat and took his dog...
Mar 17 2010
Skin Antisepsis - Chlorhexidine/Alcohol versus Povidone/Iodine
Rabih Darouiche, MD and colleagues published an article entitled "Chlorhexidine-Alcohol versus Povidone-Iodine for Surgical-Site Antisepsis" in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2010;362:18-26). They sought to compare preoperative ...
Mar 13 2010
Spearfishing and Shark Attack
Even though it's still winter on the east coast of the U.S., it won't be long until spring is here and people begin heading for the beach. The "snowbirds" continue to flock to Florida and many of my friends are heading off on dive vacations. This ...