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.
May 16 2009
When a healthcare provider takes care of a patient, he or she usually completes the episode by explaining something to the patient. For instance, if I treat a wound, before I leave the patient, I explain how to change the dressing, take care of th...
May 13 2009
Medical Care for Ultra-Endurance Desert Racing
Two weeks ago, I was preparing to put up a series of guest posts by my friend and fellow emergency medicine colleague at Stanford University, Dr. Grant Lipman, when the A (H1N1) influenza situation rose in priority. So, medicine for the outdoors t...
May 12 2009
Thank You to Health Blogs Observatory for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Health Blogs Observatory for mentioning my post about swimmer's ear treatment 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 ...
May 09 2009
Update on Swimmer's Ear Treatment
"Swimmer's ear" is the common name for otitis externa, which is an infection of the external (outside the eardrum [tympanic membrane]) ear canal. It is a common affliction of swimmers, sometimes affects divers, and can rapidly become debilitating ...
May 06 2009
Norovirus is not just a problem for people on cruise ships. It has also caused outbreaks of gastroenteric illness in the wilderness. In the current issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (2009;20:6-13), Ellen Jones, PhD and colleagues have...
May 06 2009
Thank You to AUSMED for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Nursing Handover at AUSMED for mentioning Medicine for the Outdoors 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 make the c...
May 03 2009
What is RT-PCR?
There are many mentions in the news about the use of "RT-PCR" as a laboratory assay for testing to determine the specific type of influenza virus(es). What is RT-PCR?RT-PCR stands for Real-Time Reverse Transcription - Polymerase Chain Reaction. No...
Apr 30 2009
Thank You to six until me for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Kerri Morrone Sparling at six until me for including my post about paying people to be healthy 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 ...
Apr 29 2009
As many of you know, I serve as a medical advisor to the Diver's Alert Network (DAN) regarding incidents involving hazardous marine animals. This includes jellyfish (and related animals) stings. I'm always on the lookout for new therapies or modif...
Apr 26 2009
Update on Swine Influenza
While not strictly a "medicine for the outdoors" topic, swine influenza is a hot topic today. I've received more than a few communications from friends and family who are concerned about the significance of the emergence of this strain of influenz...