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.
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...
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 26 2011
Mouth-to-Mouth Breathing Versus Mask-Assisted Breathing
When a person performs cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) resuscitation (CPR), it is sometimes recommended to provide rescue breathing. This is certainly the case when the primary cause of the victim’s difficulty relates to failure to breathe ad...
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...
Apr 21 2011
Smart Phones and Crisis Mapping
Crisis Map of Haiti, 2010, via the OpenStreetMap projectI’d like to use this post to mention a new concept for wilderness medicine that was introduced to me at the Wilderness Medical Society annual meeting this past summer in Snowmass by Satchi...
Apr 11 2011
Rescue Essentials: The Outdoor Gear You Need
Wilderness medicine folks are often considered to be “gearheads.” That is, we love to try out new outdoor equipment, whether it is for our activities, search and rescue, or personal safety. Improvisation is important, but it’s better to have wh...
Mar 31 2011
Single Lens Distance Vision Glasses & Outdoor Falls
Like many others my age, my vision is changing. The major change I am encountering at my ripe old age is presbyopia, which is a decreased ability to focus my eyes on objects near to me. This is caused by loss of elasticity of the lenses within ...
Feb 28 2011
Counterfeit Versions of Petzl Products
Outdoorspersons, rescuers and medical professionals count on equipment to be genuine and fully functional, particularly in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, unscrupulous persons will make and distribute counterfeit equipment, drugs, and...
Jan 20 2011
Book Review: Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within
HKFS8XPMXETYX - Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within is a small book written by Kathy and Craig Copeland and published through their company, hikingcamping.com. Here is a summary from the website, where the book can be purchased for $15 Can...
Jan 10 2011
Book Review: "One Move Too Many..."
One Move Too Many…How To Understand The Injuries And Overuse Syndromes of Rock Climbing is written by Thomas Hochholzer and Volker Schoeeffl, and edited by Sam Lightner Jr. It’s a tight and tidy 230-page paperback book published by Lochner-Verl...