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.
Aug 17 2012
CPR at High Altitude
In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears an article by Dr. Hajime Narahara and colleagues, entitled “Effects of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation at High Altitudes on the Physical Condition of Untrained and Unaccl...
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 26 2012
Ibuprofen for Prevention of Altitude Illness
Many persons who travel to high altitude are familiar with acute mountain sickness (AMS), which is estimated to occur in more than 25 percent of the tens of millions of people who travel to sufficient altitude to become vulnerable. The usual (a...
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)...
Jan 23 2012
Lightning Safety Awareness
This post relates information learned in a recent issue (Volume 22, Number 3, 2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by the Wilderness Medical Society. In an article entitled “Lightning Safety Awareness of Vi...
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...
Nov 14 2011
Stinging nettle plants, courtesy of Dezidor (CC BY 3.0)Hikers often brush up against injurious plants, such as poison oak or thorny shrubs. One particularly vexing plant is the “ubiquitous weed, Urtica dioica,” commonly known as stinging nettl...
Nov 07 2011
Treating Coracoid Impingement Syndrome
The next series of posts will be “translations” for laypersons of articles that appear in Volume 22, Number 2 (2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, which is published by Elsevier for the Wilderness Medical Society. Much...
Oct 24 2011
Emergency Veterinary Medicine
There is a lot written about how to take care of people in the outdoors, but what about our “furry friends?” In the textbook Wilderness Medicine, there is a chapter on Emergency Veterinary Medicine. Given that we are apt to hike or camp with pe...