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 10 2008
Multiple Bee Stings
A reader writes (about bee stings): "But what can be done for a victim stung many times, but who is not having an allergic reaction? I imagine this venom begins to become systemically dangerous after around 2-300 stings (assuming 500 is a lethal t...
Apr 09 2008
Thank You to Dr. Wes for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Dr. Wes for including my post about reflection on the Hospitalito Atitlan 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 effort to com...
Apr 02 2008
Poison ivy (oak and sumac) season will soon arrive, and much will be written in the press about remedies for the itchy rash caused by exposure to urushiol, the resin found in these plants. In addition to the standard method of washing with soap an...
Mar 30 2008
Tick Attachment Sites
The first issue of Volume 19 of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine has just been published. It contains some very interesting information, some of which I will share with you in this and another post.In an article entitled "Tick A...
Mar 27 2008
Hospitalito Atitlan 5
Towards the end of my week at the Hospitalito, one of the staff members asked me to speak with the parents of a teenager who had suffered an electrical injury in the past few days. The young boy had climbed onto a roof in pursuit of a kicked socce...
Mar 24 2008
Thank You to monash medical student for Grand Rounds
Thank you to monash medical student for including my post about the upcoming 25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to h...
Mar 22 2008
Picaridin-Based Insect Repellent
There is a plethora of insect repellents on the market. Many of the newer repellents are intended to replace DEET (N,N diethyl-m-toluamide), which is an excellent and reliable repellent, but which carries a distinctive odor, can dissolve certain ...
Mar 19 2008
25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society
It is a great pleasure to announce the 25th Anniversary and Annual Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society. It's hard to believe that it has been 25 years since I collaborated with Ed Geehr, M.D. and Ken Kizer, M.D. to create the WMS. "Combining...
Mar 18 2008
Thank You to Polite Dissent for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Polite Dissent for including my post about providing pain management in suboptimal settings 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 g...
Mar 15 2008
Pain Management in Difficult Situations
A reader writes: "I just came back from an elective in Nepal in orthopedics. A lot of what you describe (about Guatemala) sounds eerily familiar... especially what you mentioned about pain management. If the situation in Guatamela is anything like...