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 17 2008
The Desert and Desert Survival 1
This is the third post based upon educational sessions and syllabus material presented at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting & 25th Anniversary held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 25-30, 2008. This post about the desert and the nex...
Sep 13 2008
Wonder Wash and Hand Sanz
Wonder Wash is a biodegradeable and concentrated all purpose soap from All Terrain that comes in peppermint scent or fragrance free. Hand Sanz is advertised as an all natural, moisturizing hand sanitizer.
Sep 10 2008
Rabies Vaccine Shortage
The American College of Emergency Physicians has just alerted emergency physicians that because of a shortage of rabies vaccine, they need to obtain a confirmation code from their state health department before ordering doses of the vaccine for po...
Sep 06 2008
Spring, summer (peak season), and autumn are the seasons during which we witness most thunderstorms, and during which people and animals are struck by lightning. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates that approximately 50 A...
Sep 03 2008
Drowning (Submersion Incidents) Terminology
In response to my post entitled "Prevention of Submersion (Near-Drowning) Incidents," a reader corresponded: "Would you please include in an upcoming entry an explanation of the consensus definition of drowning which was adopted at the 2002 World ...
Aug 30 2008
Foot Blisters 2
This is the second post based upon educational sessions and syllabus material presented at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting & 25th Anniversary held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 25-30, 2008. The first post was a discussion of bl...
Aug 27 2008
Thank You to Rural Doctoring for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Rural Doctoring for including my post about the importance of preserving the wilderness in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to health care compiled by a host, who makes a great...
Aug 27 2008
Reading for Pleasure - Into The Wild
In response to my post entitled Mountain Rescue Doctor, a reader comments: "I'd like to hear what other books Dr. Auerbach has enjoyed reading."I'm going to continue to offer book reviews from time to time. I don't have a tremendous amount of time...
Aug 23 2008
Without the Wilderness, There Can Be No Wilderness Medicine: An Open Letter to the Presidential Candidates
In this 2008 United States presidential campaign, as the two main candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, are being scrutinized by voters and analysts for their strengths and weaknesses, largely related to the war in Iraq and the U.S. economy, w...
Aug 20 2008
Chantix Precaution and the Outdoors
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently released the following report, abbreviated and annotated by me for the purpose of this post, originally written by Thomas J. Moore (Senior Scientist, Drug Safety and Policy, ISMP), Michael R. Co...