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Case Study: Finding a Sick Person High in the Mountains

By Tod Schimelpfenig on 8/15/18 9:05 AM
Photo by Ashley Wise.


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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Topics: wilderness medicine, case study, first aid, Wilderness First Aid, altitude illness

Quiz: Managing Altitude Illness

By Ben Lerman on 8/8/18 8:44 AM
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Topics: wilderness medicine, first aid, Wilderness First Aid, quiz, altitude illness

Altitude Illness on Mount Kilimanjaro

By NOLS on 10/6/10 8:36 AM

The latest issue of High Altitude Medicine and Biology has a study entitled “Incidence and predictors of acute mountain sickness among trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro.” Kili is notorious for altitude illness due to it’s aggressive ascent profile. While it has some significant limitations, this study, free online, showed a high rate of AMS and no protective effects from a mid-climb rest day or from acetazolamide, probably because the ascent rate is too high too fast for these measures to help.

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Topics: AMS, wilderness medicine, Mount Kilimanjaro, WMI, altitude illness