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Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine


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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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