Wilderness First Responder: How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Emergencies in the Backcountry

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The award-winning guide to medical training for wilderness rescue and self-care

 
Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies, written by wilderness expert Buck Tilton with more than a dozen medical professionals. Thoroughly updated and revised, this teaching manual for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s ...
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Overview



The award-winning guide to medical training for wilderness rescue and self-care

 
Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies, written by wilderness expert Buck Tilton with more than a dozen medical professionals. Thoroughly updated and revised, this teaching manual for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness First Responder course represents more than a century and a half of combined experience in wilderness medicine, rescue, and education. It is essential reading for wilderness educators, trip leaders, guides, search and rescue groups, and anyone who works or plays far from definitive medical care.

This invaluable resource includes expert step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and “Signs and Symptoms” sidebars designed to help you provide immediate care in the wilderness—whenever you are more than an hour away from an ambulance or a medical facility. It shows how to conduct a patient assessment, improvise when ideal materials are not handy, and decide whether or not to evacuate the injured.

Learn how to assess and treat:

Airway obstructions
Cardiac arrest
External and internal bleeding
Shock
Spine injuries
Head injuries
Chest injuries
Abdominal injuries
Fractures and dislocations
Athletic injuries
Soft-tissue injuries
Cold- or heat-induced injuries
Altitude sickness
Insect bites and stings
Diabetic emergencies
Poisoning emergencies
Allergic reactions and anaphylaxis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762754564
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 405,037
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Buck Tilton, MS, WEMT, is cofounder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). A regular columnist for Backpacker magazine, he is the author of several FalconGuides, including Backcountry First Aid and Extended Care and Medicine for the Backcountry.

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It Could Happen to You

After two days of late summer hiking under heavy backpacks into the Bighorn Crags of Idaho, you and three friends near the point on the map where an unnamed lake supposedly abounds with fine fishing and pleasant campsites tucked into the shadows of a dense forest. Clouds that collected over the afternoon start to spill a thin shower, and you stop to put on rain gear. With only a short series of switchbacks separating you from your destination, your group arrives at the scene of an accident. A lone hiker sits against a tree, pack by his side, face wearing a grimace of pain. He complains of lower right leg pain, and the inability to bear weight on the injury. Your patient states he slipped on a wet rock while decending the trail. He wears a cotton T-shirt and shorts, and you note his lower right leg appears bloody and bruised. Occasional shivers disrupt his ability to speak.

Welcome to the world of wilderness medicine!

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Table of Contents


(1) Wilderness Emergency Medical Care (2) Legal Issues in Wilderness Medicine (3) Patient Assessment (4) Airway and Breathing (5) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (6) Bleeding (7) Shock (8) Spine Injuries (9) Head Injuries (10) Chest Injuries (11) Abdominal Injuries (12) Fractures (13) Dislocations (14) Athletic Injuries (15) Wilderness Wound Management
(16) Cold-induced Emergencies (17) Heat-induced Emergencies (18) Altitude Illnesses
(19) Immersion and Submersion Incidents (20) Lightning Injuries (21) North American Bites and Stings (22) Diving Emergencies (23) Cardiac Emergencies (24) Respiratory Emergencies
(25) Neurological Emergencies (26) Diabetic Emergencies (27) Poisoning Emergencies
(28) Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis (29) Abdominal Emergencies (30) Communicable Diseases and Camp Hygiene (31) Common Simple Medical Problems (32) Gender-Specific Emergencies (33) Obstetrical Emergencies (34) Psychological and Behavioral Emergencies
(35) Emergency Procedures for Outdoor Groups (36) Wilderness Transportation of the Sick or Injured (37) Wilderness Medical Kits (A) Oxygen and Mechanical Aids to Breathing (B) Automated External Defibrillation (C) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
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