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.
Feb 04 2013
Public Health Interventions and Snowmobile Fatality Rates
Snowmobile fatalities are tragic events. Advocating speed limits, particularly at night (when riding in darkness) and not drinking alcohol are policies that have been attempted. Snowmobile accidents continue to occur. The American College of Em...
Jan 21 2013
Computer Modeling and the Risk of All-Terrain Vehicle Rollover
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have been associated with accidents. For the uninitiated, they may appear safe and easy to operate, but the fact is that they are heavy and powerful machines that must be carefully operated to avoid mishaps. The Amer...
Apr 09 2012
Texting Can Be Hazardous for Your Health
Texting is dangerous when driving an automobile, as dramatically portrayed in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine (2010;362:23) entitled “The Most Primary of Care – Talking about Driving and Distraction” by Amy Ship, MD. In the St...
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...
Oct 08 2011
The Concept of Risk
Dr. Robert “Brownie” Schoene, an enormously talented, accomplished, and insightful physician who resides within the bedrock of wilderness medicine, gave a wonderful presentation about the concept of risk at the 2010 annual summer meeting of the...
Oct 03 2011
Mass Casualty Incident Response in Antarctica
Isolated environments combined with austere circumstances sometimes call for extraordinary measures, and in particular call for planning in advance for situations of multi-casualty incidents. Many, if not most, austere settings are in outdoor o...
Jul 07 2011
Tests for Tuberculosis
micrograph of Myobacterium tuberculosisOutdoor adventurers and persons who participate in global humanitarian relief efforts sometimes travel to locations where tuberculosis (TB) is prevalent. As noted in the article “Latent Tuberculosis Infect...
Jul 05 2011
Test for Dengue Fever
Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictsDengue fever is a viral (flavivrus) disease transmitted by Aedes albopictus and female A. aegypti mosquitoes. It is estimated that 50 to 100 million people in more than 100 countries are infected each year ...
Jul 01 2011
Cholera Outbreak Training and Shigellosis (COTS) Program
The Cholera Outbreak Training and Shigellosis (COTS) Program is an educational program that focuses on the treatment of infectious diarrhea—in particular cholera and shigellosis. An excellent description of the Program was authored by Davidson ...
Jun 09 2011
The Aspects of Humanitarian Medicine
Aid worker administers medicine to Haitian child in Léogâne.With the current wave of natural disasters and international conflicts extant in the world today, the number of people engaged in global humanitarian relief, including medicine, is gro...