Quiz: Managing Altitude Illness

By Ben Lerman

Aug 8, 2018

 

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Ben Lerman

Ben is the former NOLS Wilderness Medicine Marketing Coordinator and a Wilderness First Responder graduate. He enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and hopes to someday adventure in the mountains on each of the 7 continents.

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Case Study: Finding a Sick Person High in the Mountains

Backpacker hikes through grassy foothills in the Yukon wiht high, steep peaks in the background
Photo by Ashley Wise.
 

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The Setting

You are a Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer working with a team to sweep a trail in the central Rocky Mountains in response to a vague cell phone report of an ill person somewhere on the trail. Eight miles from the trailhead at 8,800 ft. (2,680 m) you find the patient sitting on a log. After introducing yourselves, and with the patient's permission, you and the SAR team members begin an assessment.

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