Are you heading into the backcountry or planning any big adventures in the near future?
If you haven’t taken any courses on backcountry first aid or if you’re traveling with friends who know nothing, then this book – Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook would be very useful. It’s been written by two doctors and is now in its second edition. Included are the most recent developments in technology (smartphone apps) and emergency procedures.
Inside the 240 page book is easy to follow advice – on what to do when things go wrong. It’s not a book you’re necessarily going to carry in a backpack (unless you’re really remote) because of its weight but under all other circumstances it would be a great resource to have at hand.
You’ll also find flow charts related to all sorts of medical issues including hemorrhage and shock, chest pain, diabetic emergencies, burns, high altitude and hot climate as examples. It tells you what signs and symptoms to look for and what the treatment should be. Some of it will be beyond the scope of the “average Joe” but much of it will be very useful – and comforting.
There’s an entire section on emergency medical procedures and although you’ll unlikely be inserting a chest drain you should be able to asses a person’s conscious state using the Glasgow Coma Scale.
The appendices are full of useful information including a guide to commonly used drugs, an immunization guide, an acute mountain sickness score card as well as a vital signs monitoring chart. Even the inside covers have useful reference material – a pain relief ladder on one and an antibiotic guide on the other.
The bottom line – you will learn a lot from the book whatever your skill level!
If you’d like to be win a copy of this book, please leave a comment about where your next adventure will take you. The contest is open until 11:59 PM Mountain Time on March 30th, 2016. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Thursday morning and notify via email.
The book retails for $19.95 and can be purchased on Amazon.
***The winner of the book is Laura. Thanks to all who entered.**