The Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies. It's essential reading for wilderness educators, trip leaders, guides, search and rescue groups, and anyone who works or plays far from definitive medical care.
This invaluble resource includes expert, step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and "Signs and Symptoms" sidebars designed to help you provide care in the wilderness--whenever you are more than an hour away from an ambulance or a hospital. You'll learn how to conduct a patient assessment, improvise when ideal materials are not at handy, and decide whether or not to evacuate a patient.
Learn how to assess and treat: airway obstructions, cardiac arrest, external and internal bleeding, shock, spine injuries, head injuries, chest injuries, abdominal injuries, fractures and dislocations, athletic injuries, soft-tissue injuries, cold- or heat-induced injuries, altitude sickness, insect bites and stings, diabetic emergencies, poisoning emergencies, allergic reactions and anaphylaxis, and much more.
Buck Tilton, co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), wrote this book with more than a dozen medical professionals. The book represents more than a century and a half of combined experience in wilderness medicine, rescue, and education. Thouroughly updated and revised, this classic first-ever teaching manual for the "Wilderness First Responder" course is a must-have for anyone venturing into the backcountry.
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Buck Tilton is co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming, advisor to Western State College's Mountain Rescue Team, co-author of Medicine for the Backcountry, author of Rescue from the Backcountry, Avalanch Safety, Backcountry First Aid, and multiple other books on the outdoors. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and a member of the American Medical Writers Association. He resides in Lander, Wyoming.
It Could Happen to You
After two days of late summer hiking under heavy backpacks into the Bighorn Crags of Idaho, you and three friends near the point on the map where an unnamed lake supposedly abounds with fine fishing and pleasant campsites tucked into the shadows of a dense forest. Clouds that collected over the afternoon start to spill a thin shower, and you stop to put on rain gear. With only a short series of switchbacks separating you from your destination, your group arrives at the scene of an accident. A lone hiker sits against a tree, pack by his side, face wearing a grimace of pain. He complains of lower right leg pain, and the inability to bear weight on the injury. Your patient states he slipped on a wet rock while decending the trail. He wears a cotton T-shirt and shorts, and you note his lower right leg appears bloody and bruised. Occasional shivers disrupt his ability to speak.
Welcome to the world of wilderness medicine!
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