Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook: First Aid for Travelers, Backpackers, Adventurers

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The essential guide to emergency medical procedures away from home.

The Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook provides easy-to-follow advice on how to prevent, treat and care for illnesses and injuries while outdoors or traveling. Using accurate drawings and a step-by-step format, the authors describe how to effectively assess a situation and what actions to take.

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Overview

The essential guide to emergency medical procedures away from home.

The Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook provides easy-to-follow advice on how to prevent, treat and care for illnesses and injuries while outdoors or traveling. Using accurate drawings and a step-by-step format, the authors describe how to effectively assess a situation and what actions to take.

The book covers:

  • Planning and pre-departure tasks, expeditions with children, examining a casualty, medical kit design
  • Resuscitation ABCs, loss of consciousness, heart attack, diabetic emergencies, choking
  • High altitude sickness, hypothermia, dehydration, animals and insects, drowning
  • Wounds and bleeding, neck and spinal injuries, abdominal injuries, fractures, treating pain
  • Neurological and psychological disorders, infectious diseases, overdoses, poisoning
  • Emergency chest decompression, injections

With its at-a-glance design, pack-ready format and waterproof cover, the Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook is essential equipment for anyone traveling, whether camping with the family or making a solo assault on the Himalayas.

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Editorial Reviews

Burnaby Now
Very clear and detailed and not for the squeamish.

— Annie Boulanger

Calgary Herald
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.

— Trent Edwards

Chicago Tribune
An essential and important guide for anyone of any skill level planning to spend quality time outdoors.

— June Sawyers

Muskoka Sun
While getting away from it all can provide peace of mind, it can also be dangerous to the body. Dr. Spike Briggs and Dr. Campbell Mackenzie have you covered. Their new book proves to be the essential medical guide for the amateur outdoorsman. Although it is aimed at travelers, backpackers and adventurers, the reference guide is a sort of medical encyclopedia for anyone spending their summer in Muskoka. It's not one of those books that you tear through front-to-back, and you might even find yourself wincing when reading some of the conditions described. However, should something ever go wrong in your outdoor adventures, and you find yourself needing some quick advice, then you'll be awfully glad you have it.
Calgary Herald - Trent Edwards
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.
Real Fishing
The authors describe how to effectively assess a situation and what actions to take.
Burnaby Now - Annie Boulanger
Very clear and detailed and not for the squeamish.
Chicago Tribune - June Sawyers
An essential and important guide for anyone of any skill level planning to spend quality time outdoors.
Muskoka Sun - Jon Spratt
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.
North Shore News
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554076017
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 694,048
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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