Wound Management in the Land of the Yeti

Flying in a twin jet otter airplane (named after the abominable snowman “yeti”) high above the Himalayas in the 12th poorest country in the world makes you question your mortality.  “WOW!  Look at that mountain!” is interrupted by sudden statements…

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Dispatch From Everest Basecamp – Part 3

The weather at Everest Basecamp can be very unpredictable. Mostly, when it snows or the clouds move in it is just a little less comfortable, but at other times it can be the difference between life and death. The past…

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Dispatch From Everest Basecamp – Part 2

May 2, 2009 As I made my way down from Camp three at 24,700 feet the feeling of an increased oxygen supply was energizing. As I moved past camps lower and lower, the angst and the danger lifted. Unfortunately, though,…

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Techniques for Fish Hook Removal

I was forwarded a link today from a discussion board at Northwest Kayak Anglers discussing techniques for Fishhook removal, a great self-study with interesting images.  Click the following link to check it out: Techniques for Fishhook Removal

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Dispatch From Everest Basecamp

17,500 feet Everest Base Camp (April 10, 2009) I have taken the responsibility of Expedition Medical officer for First Ascent’s “Return to Everest” Expedition, and each day I have been checking in with the team.  As we have trekked, my…

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Three Days with a True Remote Area Medic

“They were supposed to drop us at 700 feet and 95 knots.  Instead, they dropped us at 300 feet and 160 knots.  When I hit the ground, everything was ripped off me.  I had three cracked vertebrae and a concussion.…

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Ibuprofen: Hydrate Before You Medicate

Dry, winter and/or high altitude environments increase the risk for dehydration.Many people who venture into the backcountry turn to their old friend ibuprofen when their muscles get sore or in the case of injury. Wilderness medicine training courses such as…

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Remote Medical International: About Us

For some reason, that question sometimes becomes complicated to explain. I have seen several staff struggle with trying to plug our entire suite of products and services into a single sentence or two. In the course of a day in…

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Best in Show: SWAT-T Tactical Tourniquet

  I know what you’re thinking–How much can one guy blog about tourniquets?  Not even multiple tourniquets, one tourniquet–the SWAT-T. As a gear junkie, I love items that are lightweight, durable, and multi-functional.  With the SWAT-T meeting all of those…

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