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 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...
Aug 12 2009
I'm often asked about technologies that are amenable to research applied in outdoor or wilderness settings. A company called Cantimer has developed and made available one of these technologies.Cantimer is a privately–held, development–stage compan...
Aug 08 2009
Dr. Jeremy Joslin is a wilderness medicine aficionado and has without question posted the greatest number of intelligent and useful comments to posts at this blog. So, I'm pleased to learn that he has created a very useful iPhone application named...
Aug 05 2009
Plastic Trash in the Ocean
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am going to mention wilderness environmental topics from time to time. It was just called to my attention by Lynn Funkhauser that there is a thought-provoking video entitled the Pelagic Plastic Plague posted on...
Aug 05 2009
One of the most dangerous times for a patient is during the transition, or "handoff," between providers. This is due to a number of reasons. First, the original provider(s) may not relay all the information he or she knows about the patient to the...
Aug 04 2009
The short answer is yes-- I directed the study on which the claims are based. We had good protection from a total of about 10 mosquito species in nature for something averaging around 10 hours. Another long-term study in W Africa showed performan...
Aug 01 2009
Zika Virus Outbreak
In the June 11, 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine appears an article by Mark Duffy and colleagues entitled “Zika Virus Outbreak on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia." This outbreak occurred in 2007, and was described as a...
Jul 30 2009
Thank You to Captain Atopic for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Captain Atopic for mentioning my post about blood under the toenail (subungual hematoma) 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 ...
Jul 29 2009
Managing Dislocated Shoulders
Nathan McNeil, MD published an article entitled “Postreduction Management of First-Time Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Dislocations” in Annals of Emergency Medicine (2009;53:811-813). This is an interesting article for emergency physicians that is ve...
Jul 25 2009
Metolius Mega Duffel
From time to time I come across products that are superior to others on the market. Such is the case with the Metolius Mega Duffel.