Wilderness First Responder: How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Emergencies in the Backcountry

Wilderness First Responder: How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Emergencies in the Backcountry

Paperback Wilderness First Responder: How to Recognize, Treat, &

By (author) Buck Tilton

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  • Publisher: Falcon Guides
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 277mm x 23mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0762754567
  • ISBN 13: 9780762754564
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 319,789

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The cutting edge in medical training for wilderness rescue and self care Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies. It's essential reading for wilderness educators, trip leaders, guides, search and rescue groups, and anyone who works or plays far from definitive medical care. This invaluable resource includes expert, step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and "Signs and Symptoms" sidebars designed to help anyone provide immediate care in the wilderness-whenever they are more than an hour away from an ambulance or a hospital. It shows how to conduct a patient assessment, improvise when ideal materials are not handy, and decide whether or not to evacuate a patient. Readers will learn how to assess and treat: Airway obstructions Cardiac arrest External and internal bleeding Shock Spine injuries Head injuries Chest injuries Abdominal injuries Fractures and dislocations Athletic injuries Soft-tissue injuries Cold- or heat-induced injuries Altitude sickness Insect bites & stings Diabetic emergencies Poisoning emergenciesAllergic reactions and anaphylaxisAnd much, much more

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Buck Tilton is co-founder of the Wildernes Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which has become the largest school of wilderness medicine in the world. Buck has been a teacher of first aid for almost 30 years and for six of those, worked on an ambulance and volunteering in a hospital emergency rooms. He remains active, taking on assignments as a first responder in remote locations. Buck is a regular columnist for Backpacker magazine and is also the author of Knack Knots You Need and Knack Hiking & Backpacking. His many books for FalconGuides, including the award-winning Wilderness First Responder, have sold more than 100,000 copies combined.

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The award-winning guide to medical training for wilderness rescue and self-care Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies, written by wilderness expert Buck Tilton with more than a dozen medical professionals. Thoroughly updated and revised, this teaching manual for the National Outdoor Leadership School s Wilderness First Responder course represents more than a century and a half of combined experience in wilderness medicine, rescue, and education. It is essential reading for wilderness educators, trip leaders, guides, search and rescue groups, and anyone who works or plays far from definitive medical care.This invaluable resource includes expert step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and Signs and Symptoms sidebars designed to help you provide immediate care in the wilderness whenever you are more than an hour away from an ambulance or a medical facility. It shows how to conduct a patient assessment, improvise when ideal materials are not handy, and decide whether or not to evacuate the injured.Learn how to assess and treat: Airway obstructions Cardiac arrest External and internal bleeding Shock Spine injuries Head injuries Chest injuries Abdominal injuries Fractures and dislocations Athletic injuries Soft-tissue injuries Cold- or heat-induced injuries Altitude sickness Insect bites and stings Diabetic emergencies Poisoning emergencies Allergic reactions and anaphylaxis"

Table of contents

(1) Wilderness Emergency Medical Care (2) Legal Issues in Wilderness Medicine (3) Patient Assessment (4) Airway and Breathing (5) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (6) Bleeding (7) Shock (8) Spine Injuries (9) Head Injuries (10) Chest Injuries (11) Abdominal Injuries (12) Fractures (13) Dislocations (14) Athletic Injuries (15) Wilderness Wound Management (16) Cold-induced Emergencies (17) Heat-induced Emergencies (18) Altitude Illnesses (19) Immersion and Submersion Incidents (20) Lightning Injuries (21) North American Bites and Stings (22) Diving Emergencies (23) Cardiac Emergencies (24) Respiratory Emergencies (25) Neurological Emergencies (26) Diabetic Emergencies (27) Poisoning Emergencies (28) Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis (29) Abdominal Emergencies (30) Communicable Diseases and Camp Hygiene (31) Common Simple Medical Problems (32) Gender-Specific Emergencies (33) Obstetrical Emergencies (34) Psychological and Behavioral Emergencies (35) Emergency Procedures for Outdoor Groups (36) Wilderness Transportation of the Sick or Injured (37) Wilderness Medical Kits (A) Oxygen and Mechanical Aids to Breathing (B) Automated External Defibrillation (C) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers