Posts Tagged: wilderness medicine

Building a Wilderness First Aid Kit

Walking through the first aid aisle at your local outfitter store can be overwhelming. While there are many excellent prepared kits on the market, often enthusiasts choose to create and specialize their own.  Your kit will be different based on where you are camping and hiking. Trips at altitude, near marine environments or canyoning, and… Read more »

UNE offers Wilderness Medical Elective

Wilderness Medical Elective July 16-24 2012 Highland Plantation, ME Claybrook Mountain Lodge Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) International has teamed up with University of New England to offer the Wilderness Medical Elective. Unlike traditional medical courses, WMA International provides a practical approach when environments are hostile and equipment and personnel are limited. The elective is tailored… Read more »

Development in China

David Johnson (WMA International President and Medical Director) and Mike Webster (WMA International Executive Director) meet with executive members of both the Chinese Mountaineering Association and Chinese Olympic Committee in May 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

Newly Revised: Wilderness Medicine Field Guides

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newly revised, spiral-bound Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine and the fold-out Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Guide. Each reflects our understanding of current advances in the medicine utilized in wilderness and low-resource settings; while both retain their simplicity and practical utility.

Tractions Splints in Wilderness Medicine

Femur fractures are serious injuries that usually occur as the result of significant forces. A full assessment, focusing on critical system problems and their stabilization is the crucial first step.

Effective stabilization of femur injuries will help alleviate pain and decrease the possibility of complications. I believe that either a vacuum splint or good padding in a stable carrying device does a good job of providing both.

Although there is no literature supporting their efficacy in the prehospital setting, a commercial traction splint can be a useful tool when applied by a skilled practitioner who receives periodic training on a particular device and/or uses it during rescues or EMS calls. They should not be left on for a prolonged period of time (e.g., greater than 2 hours) unless limb neurovascular integrity and splint tension can be monitored properly and regularly.

Regardless, these are painful injuries. All require the administration of analgesics.

Avalanche POV video clip

Click here to view the Avalanche POV video clip. I viewed the link below this PM and am still shaking my head. The introduction to this clip notes: “This is simply a very sobering and unbelievable video. However, you should take away from this video all the positive things that you can learn from it…. Read more »