Don E. Robinson, M.D. (WA4YYM@AOL.COM)
Thu, 15 Jun 1995 22:41:26 -0400
Ryan Keil wrote:
>Your Wilderness Medicine book is a textbook, not about first aid where
>professional medical treatment is available in a reasonable time--meaning
>minutes to hours, depending on the particular injury.
My Wilderness Medicine textbook and the Wilderness Medical Society to
which I belong look at environmental medical problems that may be encountered
in any remote setting, from backcountry camping or hiking to mountain
climbing with altitude problems to hazardous marine life and scuba diving
problems. There are over 1400 pages covering 56 chapters of problems. Both
first aid (for the professional and non-professional)and inpatient care are
discussed. I consider it the authoritative reference on this subject, which
is why I quoted from it (people like to have references you know).
>On occassion, a severe injury [not life-threatening] will require no FIRST
>medical treatment can be rendered within minutes.
I couldn't agree more. Since the emphasis here (I thought) was
wilderness or backcountry emergencies, more than likely SOMETHING will need
to be done as first aid, even if it is just reassurance, or protecting the
injured part so as not to let it get worse enroute to medical help.
ASM Troop 10
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