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!

Book Review & Giveaway: Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook

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.**

Leigh McAdam

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
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Join the discussion 13 Comments

  • Jo Beyets says:

    My husband and son are travelling to Yellowknife next week. My son is moving there – he can’t wait to take in the outdoors of the real North. I would love Blake to win this Manual so he can add to his survival skills. This Manual will help give peace of mind to his parents!

  • Nicola says:

    Believe it or not, my next venture takes me back home to Canada. I will be hitting the trails nearer Oakville for my next hiking guide. Lots of adventure out there.
    Love to have the book.

  • Laura says:

    We are planning a camping trip in the Redwoods region. This would be a great book to have!

  • Jim Fitzgerald says:

    My next adventure will be on Monday, heading down the Cape Shore of Newfoundland, hoping to spot the herd of woodland caribou.

  • Doris Kirby says:

    I’m recently back from Cuba but my Daughter is travelling to Europe in June and she will be 3 months pregnant. This would be a great addition to her backpack.

  • Doris Kirby says:

    My next adventure will definitely be somewhere on the East Coast Trail.

  • sher says:

    Sounds like a useful book. I’m hoping to go backpacking in NC this summer

  • Nicole Jubleew says:

    I’m hoping my next adventure will take me hiking in the Scottish moors.

  • sonn says:

    next adventure will be in the northeast US

  • Cumulus says:

    I used to be WFA certified, but that was years ago, and I could use a refresher. My next big adventure is a four day backpack in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of New Hampshire in May.

  • Doug says:

    Just finished a first aid course with other members of the Elbow Valley Cycle Club so the book would be very useful.

    My next adventure is in a month when I get off the plane in Heathrow and ride on the National Cycle Network all the way up to York. Did a three week adventure in Cuba earlier this year without a flat or any other issue despite very bumpy roads once we got off the main routes. Loved the countryside.

  • Nicole says:

    I am planning on hiking the Vermont Long Trail this summer. This book would come in handy

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