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Reprinted
Published
23 Apr 2014
ISBN
9781852847159
Edition
Second
Size
15.5 x 10.0 x 1.4cm
Weight
260g
Pages
256
1st Published
14 Nov 2012
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Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine

by Jim Duff, Peter Gormly
Book published by Cicerone Press

This book covers the basics of first aid and medicine for wilderness travel: how to cope when medical care is prolonged in remote settings, from diving to high altitude, from desert to polar, dealing with all common accidents and illnesses. Covers preparation and prevention, first aid kits and indications, dose and side effects of 50+ medications.

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Description

This longstanding and highly acclaimed book, now in its 11th edition, should be required reading for anyone venturing into remote areas.
Wilderness travel involves a degree of risk. Minimizing these risks, while feeling confident in your ability to deal with any potential injury or illness, is part of the challenge and satisfaction.

Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine provides the basic information on a multitude of medical problems but is still small enough to take with you whenever you need it.

  • Part 1 THE FUNDAMENTALS covers preparation, prevention, general care for the sick and injured, the use of medications and pain management
  • Part 2 ACCIDENT AND ILLNESS PROTOCOL explains the procedure to follow in any accident and illness situation, including how to deal with life-threatening situations and making a diagnosis
  • Part 3 PROBLEMS AND THEIR TREATMENT covers specific accidents and illnesses

The appendices include a medication chart, suggested first aid kits for different circumstances, how to use the Lake Louise Score, an altitude illness flowchart, sample rescue request forms and a directory of useful contacts and information sources.

August 2014

References

Chapter 1; In the water; p29

Following the last bullet point there should be a reference: See 'Hypothermia' (Chapter 17; p135) and 'Near-drowning (submersion)' (Chapter 24; p180)

Chapter 17; Cold water immersion; p139

The reference should be: See 'In the water' (Chapter 1; p29) and 'Near-drowning (submersion)' (Chapter 24; p180)

Chapter 24; Near-drowning (submersion); p180

Following the second bullet point there should be a reference: See 'In the water' (Chapter 1; p29), 'Hypothermia' (Chapter 17; p135)

Contents

Diagram: The skeleton   
Diagram: The internal organs   
Abbreviations and conversion tables   
Preface   
READ THIS    

PART 1 THE FUNDAMENTALS

1 Prevention    

Preparation (hope for the best, plan for the worst)   
Keeping healthy   
Safety in extreme climates    
Particular situations   
Care of local people   

2 Positioning and moving a victim   

Positioning a victim   
Immobilization techniques   
Ways to move a victim   

3 Medications – what you need to know   

The basics   
Special considerations   
At altitude   

4 Pain management   

Painkillers (analgesics)   
Other medications and techniques for pain relief   

PART 2 ACCIDENT AND ILLNESS PROTOCOL

5 Accident and illness protocol summary   

6 Primary survey – dealing with life-threatening emergencies   

Response   
Airway   
Breathing   
CPR or chest compressions    

7 Primary survey for specific situations   

Suspected spinal injuries   
Life-threatening bleeding    
Choking (blocked airway)   
Near-drowning (submersion)    
Hypothermic victim   
Primary survey for children   
Fainting    
Triage   

8 Shock management   

Common causes of shock    
Symptoms and signs of shock   
Shock prevention and management    

9 Secondary survey – working out what the problem is   

Taking a medical history   
Carrying out a physical examination   
Checking the vital signs   

10 Evacuation   

Sending for help   
Evacuating the victim   
Helicopter evacuation   

PART 3 PROBLEMS AND THEIR TREATMENT

11 Spinal and head injuries    

General management of spinal and head injuries   
Spinal (neck and backbone) injuries   
Head (skull and brain) injuries   

12 Burns   

Burn management   
Specific burns   

13 Broken bones and dislocations   

General management of broken bones (fractures)   
Specific broken bones    
General management of dislocations    
Specific dislocations    

14 Sprains and strains   

General management of sprains and strains   
Specific sprains and strains    

15 Wounds   

General management of wounds   
Complications   
Specific wounds   

16 Bites, stings and toxins   

On land   
At sea   

17 Near-drowning and diving problems   

Near-drowning (submersion)   
Diving   

18 Altitude illness – AMS, HACE and HAPE   

AMS, HACE and HAPE   
Treatment of altitude illness   
Going back up again?   
Treatment of altitude illness (table)   

19 Cold weather problems    

Hypothermia   
Frostnip and frostbite   

20 Hot weather problems   

Heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke   
Other hot weather problems   

21 Dehydration    

Type of rehydration   
Amount of rehydration liquid   
Rate of rehydration   

22 Diarrhoea and food poisoning   

Mild diarrhoea   
Severe diarrhoea   
Food poisoning   

23 Abdominal (belly) problems   

Common abdominal problems   
Serious abdominal problems    
Specific serious abdominal problems   

24 Respiratory problems   

Respiratory tract infections   
Non-infective respiratory problems   

25 Infectious diseases   

Malaria   
Typhoid   
Meningitis
Tick-borne diseases   
Viral illnesses   
Dengue fever
Hepatitis A   
Rabies   
Yellow fever   
Japanese B encephalitis   
Other infectious diseases   

26 Eyes, ears and mouth   

Eyes   
Ears   
Mouth and teeth    

27 Skin problems   

Rashes   
Other skin problems

28 Gender-specific problems and STIs   

Women   
Men
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)   

29 Other problems   

Allergy   
Diabetes   
Epilepsy (Grand Mal)   
Fever (cause unknown)   
Headache and migraine   
Blood circulation (vascular) problems   
Mental problems   
Insomnia (cannot sleep, poor sleep)   

APPENDICES
Appendix 1 Chart of medications   
Appendix 2 First aid kits   
Appendix 3 Lake Louise Score (LLS)    
Appendix 4 Altitude illness flowchart   
Appendix 5 Rescue request forms   
Appendix 6 Useful contacts   
Appendix 7 Index of diagrams   


Index   

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