Heat illness is classified as several disorders that result from a person’s exposure to heat. Heat illness manifests in four different levels of severity: heat rash and heat cramps (both mild), heat exhaustion and heat stroke (both serious).
A MARCH assessment is a framework for prioritized trauma care. Each letter in the mnemonic illustrates what should be addressed in the initial care of a trauma patient, in order of importance.
Outdoor medicine is unique in that the only tools and materials available to you are the ones you carry in and what’s around you, so it’s important to be resourceful! Sometimes the most unlikely objects can become useful (even lifesaving) tools. Here’s a quick how-to to make a splint from a water bottle, ideal for arm fractures:
Medicine in the search and rescue setting is unique because all you have to work with is what’s in your pack and what’s around you, so it’s important to be resourceful and creative with what you have. Here is the list of items of the first aid kid we carry as search and rescue personnel. Use it to create your own first aid kit to bring with you on your next adventure!
One of my passion projects is leading the medical team of my local search and rescue organization. We routinely deploy to save people from tragedy, disaster, and sometimes their own stupidity. My purpose in writing this post is to help you keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible when you venture into the Great Outdoors.