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.
Apr 02 2012
Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea is On the Rise
Micrograph of Clostridium difficileWhen one considers causes of infectious diarrhea with onset from outdoor activities, the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) leads the list, followed by germs like Campylobacter and protozoa like Giardia. Bu...
Mar 19 2012
The Spread of Plague in Prairie Dog Towns
A news report in the summer of 2010 announced that a group of anthropologists had solved the “long-standing mystery” of how it might be that the plague pathogen, Yersinia pestis, persisted in the prairie dog population after a wipeout of the pr...
Mar 14 2012
Hoofbeats Chasing the Glasgow Coma Scale
I posted recently about using a higher (minimally abnormal) Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score to determine triage of an elder patient to a facility that specializes in trauma care when an injured brain is suspected. In fact, the GCS is coming und...
Mar 08 2012
New DERMABOND ADVANCED™ Topical Skin Adhesive
DERMABOND ADVANCED™ Topical Skin AdhesiveDERMABOND has been around now for quite a while. I use it frequently in the emergency department, and sometimes in the field. For smaller cuts and those on children (who might dread needles and stitches)...
Mar 05 2012
Skin Patches to Treat Seasonal Allergies
Spring hay fever season will soon be upon us. We will sneeze, our throats will be scratchy, our noses will run, and our eyes will weep. Grass pollen is the major culprit in the allergic reaction. To combat the symptoms, billions of dollars will...
Feb 09 2012
Caring for Patients
There will be times in the outdoors when you’re called upon to become a caregiver. The technical issues aside, there is an art form to taking care of patients. Recall how you feel when you are ill. You may be frightened, needy, weak, vulnerable...
Feb 06 2012
Binge Drinking is Dangerous
In terms of drug abuse, both indoors and outdoors, alcohol leads the list. It is the most easily obtained drug, legal, socially acceptable, and marketed heavily to the same demographic most likely to show poor judgment in its use—namely, teenag...
Jan 30 2012
I was fortunate to be invited to participate as moderator at the Stanford Trauma Bike Safety Summit, which was held at Stanford University Medical Center on November 9, 2011. It was an informative and spirited gathering, assembled by invitation...
Jan 09 2012
Backcountry Nutrition: How Much Food Should You Carry on a Backpacking Trip?
This is another post derived from a presentation given at the 2011 Annual Summer Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society. Liz Edelstein, MD gave an excellent presentation on nutrition in the backcountry. This is an “underserved” topic, in tha...
Dec 19 2011
MedWAR: Medical Wilderness Adventure Race
This is another post derived from a presentation given at the 2011 Annual Summer Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society. Michael Caudell MD from the Medical College of Georgia gave an excellent talk entitled “Scenario-Based Learning in the W...