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Product Details

  • Series: Outward Bound
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558216820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558216822
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Handbook covers most of the medical emergencies one must be prepared to face while recreating off the beaten path. For example: Your mountain biking partner crashes and is sitting in the trail with blood on his face from a scalp wound. What do you do? "Your first instinct is to wipe the blood away and help him up. This is a perfectly natural reaction, but it's dead wrong. Stabilize his neck until you are certain there is no spine injury or other major body system problem, then worry about the laceration." Or: You're caught in an electrical storm while backpacking. Now what? "In the field, the best tactic is to squat with your feet together as low as you can, ideally on your foam pad or backpack, which will help insulate you from ground current...Theoretically, there is a safety zone on the ground about 45 degrees out from the top of a tall object." Covering general emergency medical procedures as well as specific symptoms and accidents--everything from avalanches to snakebites to hypothermia--the Handbook is well-organized, thorough, and practical. But like any useful first-aid guide, it also discusses proper preventative measures and responsible outdoors behavior.

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This comprehensive handbook clearly explains all of the essential diagnostic and first-aid procedures you can use in the wilderness when someone is injured and dialing 911 is not an option. Complete with numerous diagrams and drawings that illuminate concepts and procedures, The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook is a must for anyone heading into nature. (51/2 X 81/4, 272 pages, illustrations, diagrams, charts)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By artp@weblink.ca Dan Flowers on August 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is simple for the layman to understand. Provides good detail into how the body reacts to wounds, infection, loss of blood etc. Educates the reader to understand the body systems which makes proper treatment understandable and predictable. No more trying to memorize what to do for this injury or that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
An excellent book. Rather than discussing different catagories of injuries and medical issues peice-meal, it presents basic underlying principles and a system for approaching accidents and medical issues then discusses accidents through that system. It is the most cohesive, integrated wilderness first aid text I have come accross. It uses simple language, and gets the job done without being overly technical (but it is not dumbed-down). It is so accessible and well put together you will actually pick it up and refer back to it (with ease). It is simply a very practical and clear book on wilderness medicine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New York Liz on March 12, 2009
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covers the most important medical information you need to know out in the woods clearly and succinctly. Clarifies the difference between limb-threatening and life-threatening emergencies, the three most important body systems, and what to do in any number of dangerous situations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sampsen on January 17, 2007
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After the course with Wilderness Medical Associates, I bought the book to have as a referance. It became much more as I learned more then I thought. It is a book that anyone going into the wilderness should have.
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By enock1977 on April 29, 2014
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Good read. Nice to know and have when camping out in the middle of no where. I take it with me when out in woods.
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