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Wilderness Medicine, 5th: Beyond First Aid Paperback – September 1, 1999
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Chapter One is about Assessment and starts with that key question: scene safe? Then Dr Forgey takes his reader through the ABCD's, vital signs, levels of consciousness, head to toe examination, shock, respiration rates, heart rates, and CPR. (The numbers for chest compressions and breaths has been changed by the AHA since Dr Forgey updated this book, but that is a minor issue.)
Chapter Two is about body system management. The focus of this chapter is on the systems in the head but the abdomen and reproductive system are given sections as well. There is also a very good, short section on poisoning from food poisoning to shellfish poisoning.
Chapter Three covers soft tissue wounds and treatments ... and suturing and stapling.
Chapter Four covers orthopedic injuries from head to foot.
Chapter Five covers bites and stings and anaphylactic shock. Interest-ingly Dr Forgey finds that rubber suction cups are as worthless as mouth suction. His lone endorsement is the Sawyer Extractor (which is available from Amazon.com).
Chapter Six is on infectious disease. Dr Forgey lists the most signif-icant *wilderness* diseases for North America and the world should one be contesting Nature abroad.
Chapter Seven's environmental injuries include hypothermia, heat stress, high altitude related illnesses, and ... being struck by lightning. Step current is caused when lightning hass struck and the current spreads out like a wave across the ground and the victim's feet are different distances from the strike point. Since the body has less resistance than the ground, a circuit is completed.Read more ›
1. The techniques and advice in the text could be cross referenced to the medical kits better.
2. The references for more information are old or not very good. The website for the book seems to be underconstruction for at least a year and the major suppliers only offer about half of the items suggested. Most of the hard to find items can be purchased at Amazon or Moore Medical.
The other book to consider for dealing with a lack of traditional medical care is "Where there is no Doctor" but that is geared towards running a clinic in the third world rather than hiking.
And keep it around cause life tends to throw things you're way when your'e out and about.
This is my most tattered book. I use it for every medical thing I come across. It not only can set you up to stabilize pretty much any situation and give you the time you need to get help. It will also tell you what to do when you step on an sea urchin or accidentally burn yourself making coffee the same way you make coffee everyday.
a fantastic reference
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This is the next step up from a regular first aid manual. It provides detailed information on dealing with more complex medical emergencies than those found in a standard first aid... Read morePublished 24 months ago by lental
This should be in every home and for anyone who travels. Well written and engaging with great content. Highly recommend.Published on June 17, 2014 by Charles R Bugh
Lots of information for when getting in trouble in the back country. I have learned a lot and will keep this in my backpack,Published on June 30, 2013 by Max Power
Excellent book. Maybe a bit too technical, but if you relay want to make it out of the wilderness in one piece, this will cover the most common (some no so common though) accidents... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Paul Franco
I would recommend this book to every one who is looking for specific, clear information about basic suturing, checking the vital signs & understanding their meaning, treating... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by K.C.
Very unique set of ideas for handling serious medical porblems outside the usual medical community. noone shold be without itPublished on November 30, 2012 by Tom Jones
This man is a doctor, He specialized in WILDERNESS Medicine, and teaches college level classes to doctors or prospective doctors, mountain rescue teams, etc. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by B. Kaufman
This book is extremely easy to understand and covers just about any serious medical circumstance you may encounter. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by D. Graham