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A blog on anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine. In-hospital and outside. Mostly focusing on the critically ill patient. Written by two Scandinavian senior anaesthetic registrars turned consultants.
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Category Archives: Wilderness Medicine
A fascinating case report was recently published in Resuscitation. A young female speleologist was avalanched in the polish Tatra mountains. As she had access to an air pocket and some degree of ventilation she didn’t to succumb to the asphyxiation … Continue reading
Heart rate monitor watches are becoming increasingly popular in outdoor sports. That has resulted in some interesting case reports where heart rate recordings have been downloaded and analysed from victims´watches. The most recent one was published in Resuscitation. It details … Continue reading
Just wanted to share this photo that was on the front page of a norwegian national paper called Verdens Gang. It is from the evacuation of an avalanche victim that tragically passed away a few hours after this photograph was … Continue reading
In NY times I found this incredible piece about avalanches and avalanche survival. It is a detailed description of what went down (other than heaps and heaps of snow…) when an avalanche hit 16 backcountry skiers in the Cascades. A … Continue reading
You might end up somewhere, sometime when you need to give a patient an infusion without an infusion pump to help you. We doctors don’t know anything about stuff like that. Nurses to the rescue!
Recently french TV channel France 3 aired a fascinating documentary about french mountain rescue in Chamonix. The show focuses on the particularly lethal summer climbing season of 2012. World-class HEMS done in a way you have never seen before. Some of … Continue reading
In my daily work, the answer is clear. It’s knife. Maybe needle decompression while waiting for the knife. Last week I was attending a conference in Mountain Medicine, and we discussed the issue. One big difference on the mountain or … Continue reading
We love this guy. Dr Gordon Giesbrecht. Professor at the university of Manitoba. He studies human physiology and our responses to extreme environments. He has done some groundbreaking work in cold-stress physiology and prehospital care in hypothermia. He is one … Continue reading
There are several methods for hoisting a patient into a helicopter, ranging from stretcher systems to simple slings. They all affect the respiration and hemodynamics to varying degrees, which has resulted in some serious incidents with injuries or death as … Continue reading