This blog deals with wilderness medicine, one of the many fields of emergency services.  As a member of the medical community, I am bound by HIPAA regulations which prohibit me from disclosing details, such as name, age, specific medical complaints, etc., about the patients or persons involved.  Additionally, some details of treatment and of the rescues themselves may sometimes be left out to respect the privacy of both the patients and the rescuers involved.

The Mountain Medic discusses wilderness medicine, including techniques, skills, and current medical thinking.  While the subjects discussed are generally well established and supported, this blog is for education only, and nothing here replaces your protocols or the guidelines your agency/employer has put into place.  You should consult your medical director or program director prior to using any of these techniques.  The Mountain Medic takes no responsibility for your use of these techniques and any incidents (positive or negative) that may occur as a result of using these techniques.

The Mountain Medic will sometimes discuss specific technical rescue techniques, or discuss the various gear that is used in these rescue techniques.  The Mountain Medic takes no responsibility for your use of these techniques and any incidents (positive or negative) that may occur as a result of using these techniques. Technical rescue and mountain SAR are inherently dangerous activities, which often take place in hostile environments including but not limited to extreme cold and heat, cliffs and cliff edges, caves, flowing water, and mountain sides.  Additionally, gear has been known to fail or be misused.  You should always consult properly trained instructors and make sure you have proper training and equipment.  Misuse of equipment or lack of training could result in injuries and/or death; such injuries could include falls, slips, sprains, fractures, lacerations and dangerous bleeding, drowning, and entrapment.  If you are not willing to accept these hazards, you should not be involved in mountain rescue.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are the Mountain Medic’s and do no reflect those of his employer. This blog is not sponsored or endorsed by any employer or agency.



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