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Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine

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This conveniently sized guide is an invaluable point of reference for all who travel and take part in outdoor, wilderness and mountain activities. Written by doctors with a wealth of wilderness specific experience, it provides a comprehensive summary of wilderness first aid and medicine - that is, managing accident or illness in remote locations without immediate access to help - giving you confidence in your ability to deal with any situation that may arise. All topics are clearly referenced and easy to find, with chapters covering preparation, prevention, accident protocol, diagnosis, treatment and evacuation. From life-threatening emergencies to broken bones and sprains, infectious diseases, food poisoning, envenomation and respiratory problems, the book sets out all the crucial protocol and procedures to follow. It covers a wide range of different environments, including high altitude, desert, polar, tropical and marine, dealing with risk management and a variety of different scenarios. In addition, suggestions for first-aid kits and lists of medications and antibiotics (with dosage) can be found in the appendices. Minimising risks is part of the challenge and satisfaction of wilderness travel. Now in its twelfth edition (the third for Cicerone), Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine is an indispensable companion for all outdoor activities and wilderness expeditions.
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Table of Contents

Accident and illness protocol Acronyms and abbreviations Conversion tables Preface Read this Part 1: The fundamentals 1. Prevention 2. Positioning and moving a victim 3. Medications - what you need to know 4. Pain management Part 2: Accident and illness protocol 5. Accident and illness protocol in a wilderness setting 6. Primary survey - dealing with life-threatening emergencies 7. Primary survey for specific situations 8. Shock prevention and stabilization 9. Secondary survey - working out what the problem is 10. Evacuation Part 3: Problems and their treatment 11. Spinal and head injuries 12. Burns 13. Broken bones, dislocations, sprains and strains 14. Wounds 15. Bites, stings and nasty plants 16. Cold weather problems 17. Hot weather problems 18. Dehydration 19. Diarrhoea and food poisoning 20. Abdominal (belly) problems 21. Respiratory problems 22. Altitude illness - AMS, HACE and HAPE 23. Drowning and diving problems 24. Infectious diseases 25. Eyes, ears and mouth 26. Skin problems 27. Gender-specific problems and STIs 28. Other problems Appendix 1 Chart of medications Appendix 2 Antibiotics Appendix 3 Rescue request form Appendix 4 Marine envenomation Appendix 5 Altitude illness flowchart Appendix 6 Lake Louise Score (LLS) Appendix 7 Avalanche rescue flow chart Appendix 8 The skeleton and internal organs Appendix 9 First aid kits Appendix 10 Useful contacts and sources of information Index of diagrams Index Basic life support (BLS) in the wilderness

About the Author

Dr Jim Duff has more than 30 years' experience of climbing, trekking and teaching wilderness medicine, first aid and leadership. He was doctor on Chris Bonington's 1975 expedition, which made the first ascent of Everest's Southwest Face, and on the Australian first ascent of the North Face of Everest in 1984. Jim lives in Australia and teaches and lectures on wilderness medicine internationally. Dr Ross Anderson is a GP and medical consultant for expedition and adventure travel companies. He holds the UIAA Diploma in Mountain Medicine and is a keen outdoor enthusiast with interests including trekking, ski touring and trail running.

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