Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine / Edition 3

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Overview

Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine - based on Dr. Auerbach’s critically acclaimed text Wilderness Medicine - offers fast-access solutions to all of the medical situations that can occur in non-traditional settings. From backpack to kayak, or on any mobile device, this indispensable, compact survival guide is detailed enough to cover the clinical presentation and treatment of a full range of wilderness emergencies!

Meet a full-range of emergency situations with the utmost effectiveness. Appendices address everything from environment-specific situations to lists of essential supplies, medicines, and many additional topics of care.
Compare what you are seeing with line drawings and color plates to quickly and accurately identify skin manifestations, plants, poisonous mushrooms, snakes, spiders, insects, etc.
Rapidly retrieve and comprehend wilderness survival information with the aid of an easily accessible format featuring "Signs and Symptoms" and "Treatment" sections in most chapters - combined with bulleted lists and text boxes.

Improvise with available materials so you can diagnose and treat a myriad of medical situations with step-by-step how-to explanations and the latest practical advice from wilderness medicine experts.
Get guidance on the go with online access to the fully searchable text at Expert Consult, plus bonus downloadable files for Survival Kits.
Get the wilderness medicine skills you need now with new chapters on foot problems and care, global humanitarian relief and disaster medicine, Leave No Trace principles, and high-altitude medicine, as well as lists to prepare a variety of survival kits for different settings and patient populations.
Improve your competency and readiness with thoroughly revised chapters on shock, maxillofacial trauma, malaria, improvised litters and carries, aeromedical transport, pain management, life-threatening emergencies, and allergic reactions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As an emergency physician and a wilderness medicine physician, Dr. Auerbach’s Field Guide, in its fourth edition, continues to be my "go to" resource in preparing for and treating bread and butter medicine in the backcountry as well as those problems specific to wilderness environments where I’m not working regularly. The book, available to hold in your hand or downloadable, leaves no topic uncovered, yet still presents each topic in a concise enough format so referencing diagnosis and treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea in a particular region or Ciguatera Fish Poisoning takes less than 20 seconds for the trained practitioner.

The book contains a significant number of excellent color photos for indentifying poisonous mushrooms as well as figures for understanding improvisational techniques such as the Fireman’s Carry. I teach multiple Wilderness Medicine courses each year, to students, residents and trained providers, and this book is a must have on all of my courses."

Elisabeth Edelstein, MD, FACEP, FAWM

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Director Wilderness Medicine

Associate Director Emergency Medicine Clerkship and Advanced Clinical Skills

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

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Reviewer: Gian Corrado, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a portable, concise version of Auerbach's definitive textbook Wilderness Medicine: Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies (Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1995). It is intended for physicians who will be taking care of patients involved in a range of outdoor activities ranging from recreational camping trips to exploration of extreme wilderness. The authors discuss preparation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for a multitude of potential hazards found while exploring the earth's terrain.
Purpose: This guide provides a quick reference including insights regarding the use of alternate therapies when resources may be thin. This allows a physician with moderate field experience, who is not intimately familiar with the larger textbook, to perform in the capacity of a wilderness physician with some aptitude.
Audience: The three authors are well known experts in the field of wilderness trauma and medicine. They have produced a valuable resource for physicians planning to or currently working in the capacity of a wilderness physician. It is entertaining reading for physicians with an interest in the field.
Features: This book is well organized. The chapters are divided by headings such as shock, hypothermia, orthopedic injuries, allergic reaction, etc. There are many clear photos of potentially dangerous animals, suspicious skin infections, and mushrooms to avoid eating, and every chapter includes well-drawn illustrations.
Assessment: This is a fun, interesting, and valuable guide to outdoor medicine. I will take it with me on all future camping, mountain biking, and climbing adventures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416046981
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 4.84 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

1 High-Altitude Medicine

2 Avalanche Safety and Rescue

3 Hypothermia

4 Frostbite and Other Cold-Induced Tissue Injuries

5 Heat Illnesses

6 Wildland Fires

7 Burns and Smoke Inhalation

8 Solar Radiation and Photoprotection

9 Lightning Injuries

10 Emergency Airway Management

11 Emergency Oxygen Administration

12 Trauma Emergencies: Assessment and Stabilization

13 Shock

14 Head Injury

15 Chest Trauma

16 Intraabdominal Injuries

17 Maxillofacial Trauma

18 Orthopedic Injuries, Splints, and Slings

19 Firearm and Arrow Injuries/Fishhook Injuries

20 Lacerations, Abrasions, and Dressings

21 Sprains and Strains

22 Foot Problems and Care

23 Bandaging and Taping Techniques

24 Pain Management

25 Life-Threatening Emergencies (Rescue Breathing/CPR/Choking)

26 Allergic Reactions

27 Cardiopulmonary Emergencies

28 Neurologic Emergencies

29 Diabetic Emergencies

30 Genitourinary Tract Disorders

31 Gynecologic and Obstetric Emergencies

32 Wilderness Eye Emergencies

33 Ear, Nose, and Throat Emergencies

34 Dental Emergencies

35 Mental Health

36 Global Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Medicine

37 Snake and Other Reptile Bites

38 Bites and Stings from Arthropods and Mosquitoes

39 Protection from Blood-Feeding Arthropods

40 Toxic Plants

41 Mushroom Toxicity

42 Animal Attacks

43 Zoonoses

44 Diarrhea and Constipation

45 Field Water Disinfection

46 Hydration and Dehydration

47 Malaria

48 Travel-Acquired Illnesses

49 Immunizations for Travel

50 Drowning and Cold Water Immersion

51 Scuba Diving-Related Disorders

52 Injuries from Nonvenomous Aquatic Animals

53 Envenomation by Marine Life

54 Seafood Toxidromes

55 Aquatic Skin Disorders

56 Search and Rescue

57 Improvised Litters and Carries

58 Aeromedical Transport

59 Survival

60 Knots

61 Wilderness Medical Kits

62 Children in the Wilderness

63 Emergency Veterinary Medicine

64 Leave No Trace

Appendix A Avalanche Resources

Appendix B Glasgow Coma Scale, Simplified Motor Score, and Other Measures of Responsiveness

Appendix C SCAT2

Appendix D Lake Louis Score (LLS) for the Diagnosis of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Appendix E Contingency Supplies for Wilderness Travel

Appendix F Repair Supplies for Wilderness Travel

Appendix G Priority First-Aid Equipment

Appendix H Antimicrobials

Appendix I Wilderness Eye Kit

Appendix J Recommended Oral Antibiotics for Prophylaxis of Domestic Animal and Human Bite Wounds of Domestic Animal and Human Bite Wounds

Appendix K Therapy for Parasitic Infections

Appendix L Sample Basic Wilderness Survival Kit

Appendix M Sample Winter Survival Kit

Appendix N Sample Desert Survival Kit

Appendix 0 Sample Camp and Survival Gear for Jungle Travel

Appendix P Vehicle Cold Weather Survival Kit

Appendix Q Pediatric Wilderness Medical Kit: Basic Supplies

Appendix R Drug Storage and Stability

Index

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