Deciding what to carry in your medical kit on an expedition is hard. You don’t want to leave anything out, but you can’t carry an entire hospital on your back. I mean, the wheels on the slit lamp really suck at crossing rough terrain. So you have to decide what goes and what doesn’t. Thus the […]
EBM Gone Wild
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. And we’ve done it for a long time, with resolutions having been recorded since the time of the Babylonians. And while some of them involve repaying old debts, most are attempts at bettering ourselves (losing weight, blogging more often, quitting smoking, etc). As medical professionals, we all see the people […]
Animal attacks really aren’t that bad after all. At least, not according to the CDC WONDER database. When you take 9 years of data from said database, you get a whopping 1802 deaths. That comes out to just a hair over 200 deaths per year.
Heat stroke can kill. This isn’t debatable. And mortality is linked to duration of hyperthermia. Thus, prehospital treatment of heat stroke improves mortality.
Clinicians mostly know about venom extractors and why they don’t work, this hasn’t trickled down to the lay public unfortunately.
Should artificial pneumoperitoneum should be considered for AMS prevention in persons who must ascend to high altitude and begin work without rest and acclimation.
…a pair of chopsticks as an improvised tourniquet windlass worked better than pencils or craft sticks.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can transmit a large number of serious diseases. So which repellent is best?
You’re on a simple hiking expedition and suddenly a member of the group takes a wrong step on the trail and collapses in pain. You examine them carefully and discover a gnarly ankle fracture-dislocation. It’s a bit of a walk back to camp, and you’re worried about the foot’s neurovascular status during the return. What do […]
Femoral Traction Splints in Mountain Rescue Prehospital Care: To Use or Not to Use? That Is the Question