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.
Sep 19 2009
Vitamin C and Gout
This past month, I saw a couple of patients in the emergency department who suffered from gout. When I was a medical student at Duke in the early 1970s, we commonly encountered patients with this disease, because of epidemiological factors that cl...
Sep 18 2009
Injectable promethazine hydrochloride (former brand name, Phenergan) should carry a boxed warning to emphasize the risk for severe tissue injury when the drug is given incorrectly, the FDA announced on Wednesday. (Promethazine is used as a sedativ...
Sep 17 2009
Thank You to Suture for a Living for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Suture for a Living for mentioning my post about an important water filtration device in this week's Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great len...
Sep 16 2009
Tips on Trauma and Orthopedics
This is the next post based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was about trauma and orthopedics. It was delivered by Douglass Weiss, MD of T...
Sep 16 2009
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 15 September 2009doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61558-0Cite or Link Using DOIIdentification of children at very low risk of clinically-important brain injuries after head trauma: a prospective cohort studyOriginal ...
Sep 12 2009
Sawyer Point One Filter
Water disinfection is unquestionably one of the most important public health strategies to prevent communicable diseases. In most industrialized countries, pure drinking water is taken for granted. Traveling to less well developed locations, and c...
Sep 10 2009
Thank You to Medic999 for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Medic999 for mentioning my post about mechanical supports for ankle sprains in this week's Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great lengths to ma...
Sep 09 2009
Depending Upon Technology
This past December (2008), there was a report in Healthcare IT (Information Technology) News that got me thinking, of all things, about medical situations in outdoor wilderness environments. The substance of the report was that researchers at Vand...
Sep 05 2009
Corticosteroids and Antiviral Agents for Bell Palsy Patients with Bell palsy benefit significantly from corticosteroid therapy, and the addition of antiviral agents may confer even greater benefit, according to a JAMA meta-analysis.Researchers exa...
Sep 04 2009
Mechanical Supports for Ankle Sprains
Much of how we know to practice medicine for the outdoors, including medicine in remote wilderness environments, comes from what we learn in the urban setting. For instance, I maintain my skills mostly in the Emergency Department at Stanford Unive...