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 02 2009
Thank You to Medicine and Technology for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Dr. Joseph Kim of Medicine and Technology for mentioning my post about an ambulance service in Nepal 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 go...
Aug 29 2009
Towards a National Ambulance Service in Nepal
Many of us have had the good fortune to visit Nepal, to climb, trek, tour and otherwise enjoy the wonderful adventure and recreational opportunities afforded by the varied geography and wonderful people. The country has had its fair share of polit...
Aug 26 2009
Bloodstopping Ability of Amylopectin Powder
Michael Kilbourne and colleagues recently published an article entitled “Hemostatic Efficacy of Modified Amylopectin Powder in a Lethal Porcine Model of Extremity Arterial Injury”( Annals of Emergency Medicine 2009;53:804-810). The purpose of the ...
Aug 25 2009
Thank You to the Examining Room of Dr. Charles for Grand Rounds
Thank you to The Examining Room of Dr. Charles for mentioning my post about lessons learned in wildfires 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 gre...
Aug 22 2009
Lessons Learned from Wildfires in Australia
We are still in fire season in the U.S., and with persistent hot, dry and windy conditions, may see quite a few more conflagrations this summer and into the autumn. The fires that can be attributed to human behavior occur for the same reasons year...
Aug 21 2009
Wilderness Medicine on Facebook
For readers of this blog who are facebook members, I've created a page entitled Paul S. Auerbach on Wilderness Medicine. The purpose of the page is to bring together people interested in wilderness medicine and medicine for the outdoors, and to su...
Aug 19 2009
Diabetes on the Rise
Persons who participate in outdoor activities often have chronic medical conditions. One of the most prevalent of these, particularly in the U.S., is diabetes.Diabetes mellitus is a disorder in which the pancreas cannot create sufficient insulin (...
Aug 15 2009
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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 entitled “Introduction to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Working Under Pre...
Aug 15 2009
Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies
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 entitled “Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies.” It was delivered by Brian D....
Aug 15 2009
Hot Water for Jellyfish Stings
There are multiple therapies recommended for field therapy (first aid) for jellyfish stings. These include topical decontaminants, such as vinegar (acetic acid), rubbing alcohol, papain, citrus juice, ammonia, and others; rapid decontamination com...