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Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Handbook / Manual
  • Provides comprehensive coverage to enable efficient planning and preparation before your journey
  • Gives practical advice on camp logistics, risk management, and medical issues
  • Chapters include crisis management, emergency care, and evacuation from challenging environments
  • Written and edited by an experienced international team of expeditioners and medical professionals, with extensive support from the Royal Geographical Society, to give clear, practical advice from their years of experience

By: Chris Johnson(Author), Sarah R Anderson(Author), Jon Dallimore(Author), Chris Imray(Author), Shane Winser(Author), James Moore(Author), David A Warrell(Author)

830 pages, 8 plates with 24 colour photos; b/w illustrations, b/w maps

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 2015 | Edition: 2 | #223721 | ISBN-13: 9780199688418
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About this book

Revised for its second edition to include the latest national and international guidelines, the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine continues to be the essential resource for expedition medics and all well-informed travellers, including gap-year students. Clear and concise, readers can rely on Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine to provide the knowledge and practical advice they need. It enables efficient preparation and planning before the journey, advises on camp logistics, risk management, and medical problems during the trip, as well as highlighting rare but important risks to those visiting remote areas. Focusing on preventative measures, the handbook also contains chapters dealing with crisis management, emergency care, and evacuation from challenging environments.

Now containing more guidance about the obligations of a clinician joining an expedition, and the ethical approach to such work, the second edition of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine also provides an increased emphasis on medicine in various extreme environments. With revised and additional illustrations, more colour plates, and an increased use of important algorithms, this edition will give you the confidence and skills you need to travel to any extreme or remote environment. Updated with the support of the Royal Geographical Society, and incorporating the combined knowledge and experience of a team of experienced clinicians and expeditioners, this is a practical, easy-to-use guide to all aspects of expedition and wilderness medicine.

Anyone who might ever step into the natural countryside, away from tarmac or gravelled paths, to seek the freedom and beauty of unspoiled nature needs to be aware of the content of Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, to enhance their enjoyment, and minimise the risk of pursuing adventurous travel.

New to this edition:
- Fully revised and updated, based on latest national and international guidance
- Provides an increased emphasis on medicine in various extreme environments
- Includes additional guidance regarding the obligations and ethical considerations of clinicians joining an expedition
- Revised and additional illustrations, including new colour plates and algorithms

" [...] a comprehensive guide to expedition planning and clinical field management in a host of hostile environments [...] whether you are a leather-skinned expedition leader, or simply considering travelling to unusual territory, a copy of this book, tucked into the to of your rucksack, will be one piece of extra weight you'll be glad you opted for."
British Journal of Hospital Medicine

"The book describes so many risks from plants and fungi, animals, food, water and poor hygiene that it is a wonder than anyone travels at all."
Nursing Standard

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Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Written by experienced expeditioners, the handbook is organized in to eight...

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1: Expedition medicine
2: Preparations
3: Caring for people in the field
4: Ethics and responsibilities
5: Crisis management
6: Emergencies - diagnosis
7: Emergencies - trauma
8: Emergencies - serious illness and collapse
9: Treatment - skin
10: Treatment - head and neck
11: Treatment - dental
12: Treatment - chest
13: Treatment - abdomen
14: Treatment - limbs and back
15: Treatment - infectious diseases
16: Psychological and psychiatric problems
17: Risks from animals
18: Plants and fungi
19: Anaesthesia in remote locations
20: Cold climates
21: Mountains and high altitude
22: Inland and coastal waters
23: Offshore
24: Underwater
25: Hot dry environments - deserts
26: Hot humid environments - tropical forest
27: Caving
28: Medical kits

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James Moore is a travel nurse specialist and Director of Travel Health Consultancy, an independent travel clinic based in Exeter, UK. He consults for a number of companies, charities, schools and organisations on travel health related matters. His background as an Emergency Department charge nurse and Nurse Practitioner led him to the field of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, where he also works as an expedition medic and leader for various schools, charities, television production teams and private companies. James has over 14 years experience in training in expedition medicine. He teaches on the Diploma in Mountain Medicine, the Diploma in Travel Medicine and for the Royal Geographical Society. In addition to mountain leadership qualifications, he has diplomas in Travel Medicine, Tropical Nursing and a degree in Emergency Care. He is the Honorary Secretary for the British Global and Travel Health Association and member of the Medical Cell for the Royal Geographical Society.

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