NOLS Wilderness Medicine

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Stackpole Books, Jul 20, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
"One of the finest first aid books I've seen." -- Mel Otten, M.D., Wilderness Medical Society
• Make informed decisions about medical treatment and urgency of transport
• Essential items and suggestions for packing a standard first aid kit
• Two new chapters on common non-urgent medical problems and legal issues
This revised edition of NOLS Wilderness First Aid reflects the changing field of wilderness medicine. Designed as a field textbook for the NOLS wilderness first aid curriculum, it helps train outdoor leaders to prevent, recognize, and treat common medical problems and to stabilize a severely ill or injured patient for evacuation. A vital resource for outdoor enthusiasts, this book covers fundamental topics in first aid--patient assessment, shock, soft tissue injury, burns, fractures and dislocations, and chest, head, and abdominal injury. It explains how to handle environmental problems posed by heat, cold, water, altitude, and poisonous plants and animals. Also discussed are issues related to expedition medicine as well as leadership, teamwork, and communication for rescue groups. While risk can be minimized through good judgment, skills, and experience, being prepared for emergencies in the wild is an essential component of good outdoor leadership.

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PART II  Traumatic Injuries 29
PART III Environmental Injuries 119
PART IV Medical Emergencies 201
PART V Expedition Medicine 245
First Aid Kit 293
Emergency Procedures for Outdoor Groups 296
Glossary of First Aid Terms 301
Bibliography 305
Index 308

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