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Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Emergency Medicine’

Meet Uncharted Supply Co.

As National Preparedness Month kicks off, we’re excited to announce a new partnership between GOES and Uncharted Supply Co., the leader in survival systems, first aid kits, apparel, and other high quality outdoor gear. “We created GOES to increase the public’s access to the great outdoors by giving them the knowledge, wisdom and confidence needed…

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How to build a first aid kit

“What do I put in my first aid kit?” This is the single most common question I get asked about wilderness medicine. September is National Preparedness Month, and recent flash floods, hurricanes, heat waves, and destructive forest fires have all shown us the importance of being prepared for disasters and emergencies. This is super important…

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How dangerous are snakebites and how do I avoid them?

Is there any sound in nature that strikes more fear in your primeval brain than the dry clacking rattle of a rattlesnake? This sound triggers a rush of adrenaline and evokes a body and mind struggle between my reactionary desire to run versus my academic brain that calmly instructs me to stop, look, and see…

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Myths, tips, and tricks for heat illness

My first experience with the power of heat illness was in the “Flaming Mountains” of the Gobi Desert. It is the second-lowest elevation on earth, second only to Death Valley. While I was there, I provided medical care for an ultramarathon and acted as the “camel” who carried water for distressed runners. I traversed the…

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Reflections on Paul Auerbach

The first time I talked to Paul Auerbach was by telephone in the early 1990s. I was an undergrad art major in college with dreadlocks, just thinking about medical school, and had heard about a way to combine my love for wild places with medicine. When I reached out to Paul and told him that…

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