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.
Jul 09 2012
Malaria Vaccine Trial
An effective vaccine against malaria would be a major breakthrough in the realm of global health, on par with effective vaccination against smallpox and other historical disease scourges of mankind. Creating such a vaccine has been a challenge ...
Apr 23 2012
Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a constellation of symptoms that occurs in persons after they have suffered a traumatic event (or multiple events). Some of these symptoms include (among many likely others): depressionanxiety,lack of...
Apr 19 2012
Stopping Seizures in the Field
Seizures, particularly of the grand mal variety, are serious business in any setting and particularly when they occur away from access to urban medical support. The vigorous, sometimes violent, muscle contractions, alteration of consciousness, ...
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)...
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...
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...
Dec 12 2011
Tactical Combat Casualty Care
The 2011 Annual Summer Meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society that was held in Snowmass, Colorado was excellent and provided terrific education for all in attendance. In a series of posts, I’ll highlight some of what we learned. Brad Benn...
Oct 17 2011
IV Fluid Administration in African Children with Severe Infection
Dehydration is a common phenomenon in those suffering from infectious diseases, particularly if the diseases cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. We are all familiar with having the “stomach flu,” “traveler’s diarrhea,” or food poisoning. However, s...
Sep 22 2011
Concepts of Emotion and Survival
Perhaps the greatest thrill in attending a summer meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is listening to new, enthusiastic and exciting speakers. They bring new insights and opinions to numerous topics and discussions, which is an esse...