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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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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.
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.
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)
Diagram: The skeleton
Diagram: The internal organs
Abbreviations and conversion tables
Preparation (hope for the best, plan for the worst)
Safety in extreme climates
Care of local people
Positioning a victim
Ways to move a victim
Other medications and techniques for pain relief
CPR or chest compressions
Suspected spinal injuries
Choking (blocked airway)
Primary survey for children
Common causes of shock
Symptoms and signs of shock
Shock prevention and management
Taking a medical history
Carrying out a physical examination
Checking the vital signs
Sending for help
Evacuating the victim
General management of spinal and head injuries
Spinal (neck and backbone) injuries
Head (skull and brain) injuries
General management of broken bones (fractures)
Specific broken bones
General management of dislocations
General management of sprains and strains
Specific sprains and strains
General management of wounds
AMS, HACE and HAPE
Treatment of altitude illness
Going back up again?
Treatment of altitude illness (table)
Frostnip and frostbite
Heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Other hot weather problems
Type of rehydration
Amount of rehydration liquid
Rate of rehydration
Common abdominal problems
Serious abdominal problems
Specific serious abdominal problems
Respiratory tract infections
Non-infective respiratory problems
Japanese B encephalitis
Other infectious diseases
Mouth and teeth
Other skin problems
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Epilepsy (Grand Mal)
Fever (cause unknown)
Headache and migraine
Blood circulation (vascular) problems
Insomnia (cannot sleep, poor sleep)
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