Medicine for the Outdoors

Medicine for the Outdoors

The Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergencies

6th Edition - January 30, 2015

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  • Author: Paul Auerbach
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323321686
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323340977

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Since 1986, Medicine for the Outdoors has been hailed as the definitive take-along manual on the subject. Packed with step-by-step instructions and how-to explanations, this updated edition tells you the best way to respond to just about any medical problem. Logically organized, simple-to-understand enhanced illustrations and an increased focus on new topics mean this medical reference book may literally save your life. Whether you’re venturing into mountains, deserts, forests, or out to sea, it belongs in your pack! "A comprehensive guide to basically anything that could go wrong, or needs to medically managed whilst in out and about."  Reviewed by: Dr Stevan R Bruijns, Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at University of Cape Town  Date: July 2015  

Key Features

  • Examine the most diverse and comprehensive coverage of medical conditions related to the outdoors.
  • Be guided through logical and complete explanations of every topic.
  • Enhance your understanding with descriptive material including numerous drawings and instructions.
  • Research recommendations for injury and illness prevention.
  • Locate answers quickly with a helpful comprehensive index.

Table of Contents

  • Preface v

    Introduction vii

    PART ONE: General Information

    How to Use This Book 1

    Before You Go 2

    General First-Aid Principles 10

    PART TWO: Major Medical Problems

    An Approach to the Unconscious Victim 21

    Chest Injury 39

    Serious Lung Disorders 42

    Chest Pain 46

    Bleeding 49

    Shock 58

    Head Injury 59

    Allergic Reaction 64

    Seizure 65

    Fractures and Dislocations 67

    Amputation 107

    Burns 108

    Inhalation Injuries 112

    Abdominal Pain 116

    Emergency Childbirth 130

    Diabetes 133

    Stroke 135

    Infectious Diseases 137

    Dealing with Death 150

    PART THREE: Minor Medical Problems

    General Symptoms 153

    Head (Also Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, and Mouth) 160

    Upper Respiratory Disorders 189

    PART FOUR: Disorders Related to Specific Environments

    Injuries and Illnesses Due to Cold 281

    Injuries and Illnesses Due to Heat 296

    Wildland Fires 303

    High Altitude–Related Problems 306

    Snakebite 315

    Insect and Arthropod Bites 322

    Lightning Strike, Tornado (Cyclone), Hurricane (Typhoon), Flood, Earthquake, Tidal Wave (Tsunami), Landslide (Mudslide), Volcano, and Snow Avalanche 340

    Hazardous Aquatic Life and Aquatic Infections 347

    Underwater Diving Accidents 360

    Drowning 364

    Animal Attacks 367

    Wild Plant and Mushroom Poisoning 374

    PART FIVE: Miscellaneous Information

    Oxygen Administration 405

    Water Disinfection 406

    Motion Sickness 411

    Jet Lag 413

    First-Aid Kits 415

    Immunizations 420

    Immunizations 420

    Transport of the Injured Victim 429

    Ground-to-Air Distress Signals 442

    Lost People 444

    Procedures 444


    Appendix One: Commonly Used Drugs (Medications) and Doses 455

    Appendix Two: Conversion Tables 476

    Appendix Three: Guidelines for Prevention of Diseases Transmitted via Human

    Blood and Other Bodily Fluids 481

    Appendix Four: Commonly Used Applications of the SAM Splint 483

    Appendix Five: Personal Safety in an Age of Global Conflict, Kidnapping, and Terrorism 497

    Appendix Six: Emergency Canine Medicine 499

    Glossary (Including Acronyms and Abbreviations) 502

    Index 516

    About the Author 549

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Saunders 2015
  • Published: January 30, 2015
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323321686
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323340977

About the Author

Paul Auerbach

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Redlich Family Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California

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