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Medicine for the Outdoors "The Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergencie"

For nearly 40 years, Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergencies has been the take-along manual of choice for anyone venturing into the mountains, forest, desert, or on water. This essential guide provides highly illustrated, easy-to-follow guidance on immediate stabilization and treatment of persons with virtually any possible medical problem-designed for on-the-spot use when higher-level medical care is not accessible. Written by experts in outdoor medicine, this updated edition helps you manage any situation until medical personnel can take over.

Covers key information on a wide range of disorders related to specific environments, including natural disasters, high-altitude problems, water-related incidents, heat- and cold-related illnesses, and wildland fires.

Provides easy-to-understand recommendations for dealing with animal attacks, venomous wildlife, wild plant and mushroom poisoning, minor and major medical problems, infectious diseases, water disinfection, and severe bleeding.

Discusses key topics, including antibiotics, medicines, opioid overdose treatment, wound closure techniques, severe bleeding, spinal assessment and immobilization, tourniquets, the use of a Gamow bag for severe altitude illness, splinting, dental emergencies, disaster preparedness, global conflict guidelines, canine medicine, today's infectious disease threats, and much more.

Includes up-to-date guidelines, even more helpful illustrations and diagrams, and a new chapter: Patient Assessment: A Structured Approach to Emergencies in the Outdoors.

Includes advanced topics valuable to physicians and expedition medical staff at all levels of training and experience.

Enhanced eBook version included with purchase. Your enhanced eBook allows you to access all of the text, figures, and references from the book on a variety of devices.


Dr. Paul S. Auerbach, FACEP, FAWM, is the Redlich Family Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the world's leading expert on wilderness medicine and a prolific author. He is the Editor of Wilderness Medicine, and author of Medicine for the Outdoors and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Dr. Auerbach holds his MD from Duke and completed his internship at Dartmouth and residency at UCLA. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He has been recognized as a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians and received the New Orleans Grand Isle Award for Science from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the Founders Award from the Wilderness Medical Society, and the Outstanding Contribution in Education Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, among others. Dr. Auerbach has served as a volunteer physician in Haiti, Nepal, and Guatemala.

1.1 How to Use this Book

1.2 Before You Go

1.3 General First Aid Principles

1 1.4 Patient Assessment - A Structured Approach to Emergencies in the Outdoors

2.1 An Approach to the Unconscious Victim

2.2 Chest Injury

2.3 Serious Lung Disorders

2.4 Chest Pain

2.5 Bleeding

2.6 Shock

2.7 Head Injury

2.8 Allergic Reaction

2.9 Seizure

2.10 Fractures and Dislocations

2.11 Amputation

2.12 Burns

2.13 Inhalation Injuries

2.14 Abdominal Pain

2 2-15 Problems of the Ovaries and Vagina

2-16 Disorders of the Kidneys, Bladder, and Prostate

2.17 Problems of the Penis and Testicles

2.18 Emergency Childbirth

2.19 Diabetes

2.20 Stroke

2.21 Infectious Diseases

3.1 General Symptoms

3.2 Head (Also Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, and Mouth)

3.3 Upper Respiratory Disorders

3.4 Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract

3.5 Skin Disorders

3.6 Minor Bruises and Wounds

3.7 Musculoskeletal Injuries

3.10 Mental Health (Psychiatric) Emergencies

4.1 Injuries and Illnesses Due to Cold

4.2 Injuries and Illnesses Due to Heat

4.3 Wildland Fires

4.4 High Altitude-Related Problems

4.5 Snakebite

4.6 Insect and Arthropod Bites

4.7 Lightning Strike, Tornado (Cyclone), Hurricane (Typhoon), Flood, Earthquake, Tidal Wave (Tsunami), Landslide (Mudslide), Volcano, and Snow Avalanche

4.8 Hazardous Aquatic Life and Aquatic Infections

4.9 Underwater Diving Accidents

4.10 Drowning

4.11 Animal Attacks

4.12 Wild Plant and Mushroom Poisoning

5.1 Oxygen Administration

5.2 Water Disinfection

5.3 Motion Sickness

5.4 Jet Lag

Appendix Five: Personal Safety in an Age of Global Conflict, Kidnapping, and Terrorism

5.5 First Aid Kits

5.6 Physicians Abroad

5.7 Immunizations

5.8 Transport of the Injured Victim

5.9 Ground-to-Air Distress Signals

5.10 Lost People

5.11 Procedures

5-12 Dealing with Death

Appendix One: Commonly Used Drugs (Medications) and Doses

Appendix Two: Conversion Tables

Appendix Three: Guidelines for Prevention of Diseases Transmitted via Human Blood and Other

Bodily Fluids

Appendix Four: Commonly Used Applications of the SAM Splint

Appendix Six: Emergency Canine Medicine

Glossary (Including Acronyms and Abbreviations)

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