Wilderness Medicine

Burns

Summer is finally here! Hopefully, that means getting hot from fun in the sun and warmer weather. With summer, however, comes the opportunity to get burned..sun burned, burns from BBQs or bonfires. Read on below for a review of how to categorize thermal burns and calculate BSA in both Adult and Pediatric patients.   

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Back to the Basics: Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron) Dermatitis

As the weather becomes nicer, more people are venturing outside to work on their yards, hike and just take in the sun - and hence, more people are becoming exposed to poison ivy, oak, and sumac.  Learn the basic management for toxicodendron dermatitis. 

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Pearls on some of the less common Tick Borne Illnesses

Summer is fast approaching (woohoo)! For many of us living in endemic areas, that means we need to consider tick borne illnesses in many of our differentials of patients with flu-like illnesses and possibly a rash. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are often the diseases that we remember easily. Below are some pearls to help clinch the diagnosis of some of the lesser known tick borne illnesses or, in some cases, answer a test question correctly!

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Death and Survival Behavior in Cold Water

Cold water immersion is the most rapidly lethal environmental exposure on planet earth. This is illustrated by work-related death statistics obtained by the U.S. Coast Guard on commericial fishing vessels where death rates approach 180 deaths per 100,000 people per year and where 75% of these deaths result from fishermen falling overboard. The risk of death of cold water immersion on commercial fishing boats is quoted to be 15 times more deadly than firefighting.

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The Basics of High Altitude Illness

Planning your next trip to the Rocky Mountains? Treating patients on base camp of Mount Everest? Here are the high-yield basics of High Altitude Illness including Acute Mountain Sickness, High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

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