Wilderness Medicine - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9781437716788, 9781455733569

Wilderness Medicine

6th Edition

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Print ISBN: 9781437716788
eBook ISBN: 9781455733569
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 7th December 2011
Page Count: 2304


Quickly and decisively manage any medical emergency you encounter in the great outdoors with Wilderness Medicine! World-renowned authority and author Dr. Paul Auerbach and a team of experts offer proven, practical, visual guidance for effectively diagnosing and treating the full range of emergencies and health problems encountered in situations where time and resources are scarce. Every day, more and more people are venturing into the wilderness and extreme environments, or are victims of horrific natural disasters...and many are unprepared for the dangers and aftermath that come with these episodes. Whether these victims are stranded on mountaintops, lost in the desert, injured on a remote bike path, or ill far out at sea, this indispensable resource--now with online access at www.expertconsult.com for greater accessibility and portability--equips rescuers and health care professionals to effectively address and prevent injury and illness in the wilderness! This textbook is widely referred to as "The Bible of Wilderness Medicine."

Key Features

  • Be able to practice emergency medicine outside of the traditional hospital/clinical setting whether you are in remote environments, underdeveloped but highly populated areas, or disaster areas, are part of search and rescue operations, or dealing with casualties from episodes of extreme sports and active lifestyle activities.
  • Face any medical challenge in the wilderness with expert guidance: Dr. Auerbach is a noted author and the world's leading authority on wilderness medicine. He is a founder and Past President of the Wilderness Medical Society, consultant to the Divers Alert Network and many other agencies and organizations, and a member of the National Medical Committee for the National Ski Patrol System.
  • Handle everything from frostbite to infection by marine microbes, not to mention other diverse injuries, bites, stings, poisonous plant exposures, animal attacks, and natural disasters.
  • Grasp the essential aspects of search and rescue.
  • Respond quickly and effectively by improvising with available materials.
  • Improve your competency and readiness with the latest guidance on volcanic eruptions, extreme sports, splints and slings, wilderness cardiology, living off the land, aerospace medicine, mental health in the wilderness, tactical combat casualty care, and much more.
  • Meet the needs and special considerations of specific patient populations such as children, women, elders, persons with chronic medical conditions, and the disabled.
  • Make smart decisions about gear, navigation, nutrition, and survival.

Table of Contents


Mountain Medicine

1 High-Altitude Medicine and Physiology 2

2 Avalanches 33

3 Lightning Injuries 60


Cold and Heat

4 Thermoregulation 104

5 Accidental Hypothermia 116

6 Immersion Into Cold Water 143

7 Nonfreezing Cold-Induced Injuries 171

8 Frostbite 181

9 Polar Medicine 201

10 Pathophysiology of Heat-Related Illnesses 215

11 Clinical Management of Heat-Related

Illnesses 232


Burns, Fire, and Radiation

12 Wildland Fires: Dangers and Survival 240

13 Emergency Care of the Burned Victim 280

14 Exposure to Radiation From the Sun 294

15 Volcanic Eruptions, Hazards, and Mitigation 314


Injuries and Medical Interventions

16 Injury Prevention: Decision Making, Safety,

and Accident Avoidance 334

17 Principles of Pain Management 354

18 Taping and Bandaging 363

19 Splints and Slings 375

20 Emergency Airway Management 392

21 Wilderness Trauma and Surgical

Emergencies 411

22 Wound Management 434

23 Improvised Medicine in the Wilderness 442

24 Hunting and Fishing Injuries 475

25 Tactical Medicine 488

26 Combat and Casualty Care 507

27 Wilderness Orthopedics 523

28 The Eye in the Wilderness 561

29 Foot Problems and Care 580

30 Wilderness Dentistry 594

31 Management of Facial Injuries 608

32 Wilderness Cardiology 628

33 Wilderness Neurology 635

34 Chronic Diseases and Wilderness Activities 645

35 Mental Health in the Wilderness 664


Rescue and Survival

36 Wilderness Emergency Medical Services and

Response Systems 674

37 Search and Rescue 687

38 Technical Rescue, Self-Rescue, and Evacuation 710

39 Litters and Carries 738

40 Helicopte


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