Spike Briggs, BSc, FRCA, is a specialist in intensive care medicine, an advisor on medical support for ocean yacht races and an instructor of advanced life support. Campbell Mackenzie, RD, FRCP, was a surgeon commander in the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve. He is now an instructor and examiner for the Royal Yachting Association First Aid Course.
An essential and important guide for anyone of any skill level planning to spend quality time outdoors.--June Sawyers"Chicago Tribune" (05/30/2010) Very clear and detailed and not for the squeamish.--Annie Boulanger"Burnaby Now" (06/26/2010) Plan, prepare and prevent. That would be the common theme of the advice that fills the Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook. [It] gives practical, step by step tips that will help the adventure-seeker come home alive from even the most ambitious expeditions. But just in case your best-laid plans come to naught, this handy book comes with a waterproof cover and backpacker-tough paper. Inside, handy advice is broken down into detailed tips for dealing with life-threatening injuries, tropical diseases and the far more common boo boos. Briggs and Mackenzie also delve into high-altitude sickness, hypothermia, dehydration, animals, insects and drowning. Between their pain relief ladder on the inside front cover and their antibiotic guide on the back cover, the authors use flow charts, colour photos and diagrams to help the reader quickly understand what they need to know. Which is a good thing, because anyone looking for a doctor in the wilderness can expect to find themselves, um, up the creek.-- (07/01/2010) The authors describe how to effectively assess a situation and what actions to take.--Real Fishing (05/01/2010) The essential medical guide for the amateur outdoorsman.... The handbook's value comes from its depth of knowledge and accessibility. Written in simple language that anyone can understand, the book's clear layout helps to guide readers through the medical processes described... If you're out "roughing it" where there no access to doctors, the Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook could just prove to be a life saver.-- (05/20/2011) Doctors Brigg and MacKenzie have collaborated on this extensive medical guide, creating a book that could save someone's life.... The information is supplied in clear language and logical order. They provide plenty of valuable suggestions for the planning phase to ensure that you have considered the types of medical concerns that come up. Frostbite may not be relevant for your trip to the desert but you will want to read what they say about sunstroke.... There are plenty of diagrams to help with the explanations and cross-references to other parts of the book for more detail. Presented in a compact size with a waterproof cover, this is definitely something to take along on any journey.-- (02/13/2011)