Wilderness Medicine: Text with DVD / Edition 5

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Manage any medical emergency you encounter in the great outdoors! Every day, more and more people are venturing into the wilderness and extreme environments...and many are unprepared for the dangers that come with these adventures. Whether these victims are stranded on mountain tops, lost in the desert, trapped deep in the woods, or injured far out at sea, this indispensable resource equips rescuers and health care professionals to diagnose and treat the full range of emergencies and health problems encountered in the wilderness!

• Prepares you to handle everything from frostbite to infection by marine microbes, not to mention other diverse injuries, bites, stings, poisonous plant exposures, animal attacks, and natural disasters.
• Introduces health care professionals to essential aspects of search and rescue.
• Helps you to improvise using available materials.

• Presents brand-new guidance on volcanic eruptions, extreme sports, splints and slings, wilderness cardiology, living off the land, aerospace medicine, mental health in the wilderness, tactical combat casualty care, and much more.
• Discusses how to meet the needs of specific patient populations such as children, women, elders, and the disabled.
• Offers guidelines for pain management, and addresses considerations for persons with chronic medical conditions.
• Equips you to make smart decisions about gear, navigation, nutrition, and survival.
• Moves all bibliographical references onto a bonus DVD in order to fit more content inside the book without making it too unwieldy.

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From The Critics
Ian D. Jones
An overwhelming success ... will appeal to a broad and diverse audience, from vacationer to wilderness enthusiast to harried clinician....Unrivaled as a compendium of information regarding the practical and clinical management of wilderness illness and injury both in and out of hospital, the fifth edition of Wilderness Medicine will be a valuable addition to any clinician's bookshelf and should be a standard reference in all emergency department libraries. It also will be a valuable guide for the layperson interested in the technical and practical aspects of wilderness medicine.
—Journal of the American Medical Association
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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. Avalanches
3. Lightning Injuries


4. Thermoregulation
5. Accidental Hypothermia
6. Immersion in Cold Water
7. Nonfreezing Cold-Induced Injuries
8. Frostbite
9. Polar Medicine
10. Pathophysiology of Heat-Related Illnesses
11. Clinical Management of Heat-Related Illnesses


12. Wildland Fires: Dangers and Survival
13. Emergency Care of the Burned Victim
14. Exposure to Radiation from the Sun
15. Volcanic Eruptions


16. Injury Prevention
17. Principles of Pain Management
18. Bandaging and Taping
19. Emergency Airway Management
20. Wilderness Trauma, Surgical Emergencies, and Wound Management
21. Improvisation in the Wilderness
22. Hunting and Other Weapons Injuries
23. Tactical Medicine and Combat Casualty Care
24. Wilderness Orthopaedics
25. The Eye in the Wilderness
26. Wilderness Dentistry and Management of Facial Injuries
27. Wilderness Cardiology
28. Wilderness Neurology
29. Chronic Diseases and Wilderness Activities
30. Mental Health in the Wilderness


31. Wilderness Emergency Medical Services and Response Systems
32. Search and Rescue
33. Technical Rescue in the Wilderness Environment
34. Litters and Carries
35. Aeromedical Transport
36. Essential of Wilderness Survival
37. Jungle Travel and Survival
38. Desert Travel and Survival
39. Whitewater Medicine and Rescue
40. Caving and Cave Rescue


41. Protection from Blood-Feeding Arthropods
42. Mosquitoes and Mosquito-Borne Diseases
43. Malaria
44. Arthropod Envenomation and Parasitism
45. Tick-Borne Diseases
46. Spider Bites
47. Scorpion Envenomation
48. Bites by Venomous Reptiles in the Americas
49. Bites by Venomous Snakes outside the Americas
50. Antivenoms and Immunobiologicals: Immunotherapeutics of Envenomation
51. Bites and Injuries Inflicted by Wild and Domestic Animals
52. Bear Behavior and Attacks
53. Wilderness-Acquired Zoonoses
54. Rabies
55. Emergency Veterinary Medicine


56. Seasonal and Acute Allergic Reactions
57. Plant-Induced Dermatitis
58. Toxic Plant Ingestions
59. Toxic Mushroom Ingestions
60. Ethnobotany: Plant-Derived Medical Therapy


61. Field Water Disinfection
62. Infectious Diarrhea from Wilderness and Foreign Travel
63. Nutrition, Malnutrition, and Starvation
64. Dehydration, Rehydration, and Hyperhydration
65. Living off the Land
66. Seafood Toxidromes
67. Seafood Allergies


68. Submersion Incidents
69. Emergency Oxygen Administration
70. Diving Medicine
71. Hyperbaric Medicine
72. Injuries from Nonvenomous Aquatic Animals
73. Envenomation by Aquatic Invertebrates
74. Envenomation by Aquatic Vertebrates
75. Aquatic Skin Disorders
76. Safety and Survival at Sea


77. Travel Medicine
78. Non-North American Travel and Exotic Diseases
79. Natural Disaster Management
80. Natural and Human-Made Hazards: Disaster Risk Management Issues


81. Wilderness Preparation, Equipment and Medical Supplies
82. Outdoor Clothing for Wilderness Professionals
83. Nonmedical Backcountry Equipment for Wilderness Professionals
84. Ropes and Knot Tying
85. Wilderness Navigation Techniques


86. Exercise, Conditioning, and Performance
87. Children in the Wilderness
88. Women in the Wilderness
89. Elders in the Wilderness
90. Persons with Special Needs and Disabilities
91. Wilderness and Endurance Events
92. Wilderness Medicine Education
93. Medical Liability and Wilderness Emergencies
94. The Ethics of Wilderness Medicine


95. The Changing Environment
96. Wilderness Management and Preservation
97. Aerospace Medicine
Appendix: Drug Storage and Stability

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