Vertical Aid: Essential Wilderness Medicine for Climbers, Trekkers, and Mountaineers

Vertical Aid: Essential Wilderness Medicine for Climbers, Trekkers, and Mountaineers


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Vertical Aid: Essential Wilderness Medicine for Climbers, Trekkers, and Mountaineers by Seth C. Hawkins, R. Bryan Simon, J. Pearce Beissinger, Deb Simon

A climbing medicine and wilderness first aid guidebook from a team of proven experts
Climbing and mountaineering attracts millions of people around the world each year, but produces a unique set of challenges. The threat of danger is ever present, and professional medical help is often far away. Vertical Medicine Resources is a renowned climbing company providing medical training and consultation. In Vertical Aid, they have produced the most complete guide available for managing both emergencies and chronic injuries sustained during climbs. Researched and developed by professional healthcare providers and alpinists, the book includes helpful illustrations of common procedures and best practices, making it a practical and indispensable companion on any climbing, trekking, or alpine trip. It is replete with real-world-tested strategies, evidence-based medicine, and proven techniques. The diverse author team combines an EMS and emergency physician, a nurse, a physician assistant, and a nurse-trainer, who together have a profound depth of climbing, educational, and medical experience. With its unique combination of authoritative medical information and specific attention to the climbing environment, Vertical Aid is poised to become an authoritative resource for every climber, on every climb.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581574449
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 561,983
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Seth C. Hawkins, MD, is a mountaineer and emergency physician board-certified in both emergency medicine and EMS, and serves as Chief of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team. He is co-owner of Vertical Medicine Resources, an innovative consulting company specializing in medical crisis training in isolated, vertical environments. He lives at the base of Linville Gorge in North Carolina.

R. Bryan Simon, RN, is co-owner of Vertical Medicine Resources. He is a former Army infantry captain, a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, and currently serves as an editor of Accidents in North American Climbing. He is an American Mountain Guide Association-certified climbing instructor who lives and guides on the rim of the New River Gorge in West Virginia.

J. Pearce Beissinger, MS, PA-C, is a certified American Mountain Guide Association climbing instructor and co-owner of Vertical Medicine Resources. He lives in Portland, Oregon. When he’s not climbing throughout the Cascades, he serves as a responder with Portland Mountain Rescue.

Deb Simon, RN, is a certified fitness trainer, nutrition specialist, and holds a Masters degree in Mountain Medicine. She is also co-owner of Vertical Medicine Resources and specializes in high altitude fitness. She resides along the cliffs of the New River Gorge in West Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

I Life 1

1 Assessment of the Patient 3

2 Life-Threatening Emergencies 18

3 Injury Prevention 33

II Medical 57

4 Orthopedics 59

5 Spinal Injuries 117

6 Head Injuries 123

7 Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Issues 131

8 Chest and Respiratory Issues 154

9 Wounds and Burns 163

10 Skin Injuries and Care 182

III Environmental 191

11 Altitude Illness 193

12 Cold Injuries 202

13 Heat Injuries 215

14 Solar-Related Injuries 227

15 Lightning 235

16 Weather Identification 244

17 Avalanche Awareness 251

IV Rescue 255

18 Extrication Decisions and Spinal Motion Restriction 257

19 Carries and Litters 265

20 Rescue Communication 271

V Appendices 279

A First Aid Kit Contents for Mountain Travel 281

B How to Communicate with Helicopters, and Preparations for Helicopter Evacuation 286

C Conversion Tables 292

D Frostbite and Windchill Table 294

E Water Purification Methods 296

F Recommended Medications for Mountain Travel 307

G Improvised Shelters 313

H Vertical Medicine Resources Assessment Sheet 317

Glossary 319

References and Additional Resources 327

Index 349

Author Biographies 368

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