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WMS Clinical Practice Guidelines: 2019 Update

WMS Clinical Practice Guidelines: 2019 Update

The Wilderness Medical Society has updated its Clinical Practice Guidelines. The 2019 update included the guidelines on altitude illness, frostbite, heat illness, accidental hypothermia, drowning, spinal cord protection, water disinfection and diabetes. Essential reference for all expedition medics.

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MEDIVAC helicopter taking off from Gokyo (Dr Matt Wilkes)

IPPG Nepal Rescue Posts Forced to Close

The IPPG Rescue Posts in Machermo and Gokyo, Nepal, have closed this week. These facilities, essential for local people in the Khumbu and one of mountain medicine’s great success stories, have been forced to shut by unscrupulous business interests profiting from unnecessary helicopter evacuations. Dr Nick Mason from IPPG has published an open letter, explaining the circumstances of the closure.

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Adventure Medic at the World Extreme Medicine Conference 2019

Adventure Medic at the World Extreme Medicine Conference 2019

Dr. Rebecca Trimble reflects on an awe-inspiring weekend of all things expedition, wilderness and humanitarian medicine at the World Extreme Medicine Conference 2019.

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BMMS Science Day

BMMS Science Day

The programme and tickets have been released for the British Mountain Medicine Science Day on 13 November 2019.

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UK surgical trainees with OOPEs in low-middle income countries required for research

UK surgical trainees with OOPEs in low-middle income countries required for research

UK surgical trainees who have taken an OOPE in a low-middle income country required for research project.

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The Definitive Junior Doctors’ Guide to Working and Living in New Zealand

The Definitive Junior Doctors’ Guide to Working and Living in New Zealand

Junior doctors Shona Main and Will Denehan have demystified and condensed all you need to know to make the move to live and work as a doctor in New Zealand. What are you waiting for?

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Diving: Managing Decompression Illness in Remote Locations

Diving: Managing Decompression Illness in Remote Locations

Looking after divers on expedition? The docs from Plymouth’s hyperbaric medical facility, DDRC Healthcare, run us through the physiology and management of decompression illness.

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Inspiration to Reality: The Emergency Bottleshower

Inspiration to Reality: The Emergency Bottleshower

Inventor Tim Jeffrey, on the idea and development of an emergency bottle shower for relief agencies and victims of chemical attacks: a great account of how to turn inspiration to innovation, and an invention to reality.

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Cold Card

Cold Card

The Wilderness Medical Society have published a free, printable, double-sided card, summarising the key elements of hypothermia evaluation and field care for laypersons, trained rescuers and first responders.

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Sex, Power and Vulnerability: Safeguarding on Expeditions

Sex, Power and Vulnerability: Safeguarding on Expeditions

Katie Beck, Nurse and Medical Coordination Manager for Raleigh International discusses safeguarding issues for vulnerable adults and younger people, exploring the role of the medic in protecting everyone involved in expeditions from maltreatment.

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