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WFAM’18- Experience
At the end of December, everything slows down and the world kind of comes to a halt. It’s a good moment not to relax, but to deal with all matters that really need to be done. Like required additional training in first aid for extending the NKBV-license and for expanding the knowledge in this field. […]
December 30 2018
Head injury in remote areas (part II)
Last week, we ran over the evaluation of severy head injury, briefly summarized in the figure below (MARCH). Nonetheless, there’s still some work to be done when the need for a CT-scan, and therefore rapid evacuation, is ruled out. Evaluation of non-severe head injury Several concussion tools are available, like the SCAT5. However, at present, […]
December 18 2018
Head injury in remote areas
Imagine: With eight climbers you’re three quarters on your way climbing the Dufourspitze (4,634m) in the Swiss Alps. Suddenly, a 47-year-old friend of yours slips on polished granite, flipping him upside-down and into freefall. Three meters down the back of his helmet slams into solid rock. You’re more than half a day hiking away from […]
December 3 2018
WEM Live! Discussing each month various journal articles in the field of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. Everyday Emergency Podcast. A podcast by Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) bringing you true stories from people on the frontline of humanitarian emergencies across the world. Highly recommended! BMJ talk medicine: On the Edge. Interview with Dr Russell […]
October 24 2018
New course: WFAM
The Wilderness First Aid Mountain (WFAM) is a unique course in addition to the Wilderness First Aid (WFA). The WFAM is aimed at the professional and enthusiast who undertakes and/or guides hikes and expeditions to areas above 4000 meters where medical assistance is not immediately available. The 2-day course consists of a day of home study (e-learning) […]
September 20 2018
MM ’18 – Experience
When, 6 months ago, I learned about the Mountain Medicine course, a full week high up in the Austrian Alps combining mountaineering and alpine medical skills, I registered immediately full of self-confidence. Being a young doctor who loves the outdoors, acute medicine and acting outside my comfort zone, this course was meant for me! The […]
September 16 2018
Unique job opportunity in Botswana!
Okavango Air Rescue Okavango Air Rescue (OAR) is a privately owned aeromedical rescue organisation bringing service delivery to the government health sector as well as private individuals. It is based in Maun, Northern Botswana Botswana is a large and sparsely populated middle-income country in Southern Africa with high-level care (e.g. ICU/NICU and Neurosurgery) available at […]
August 21 2018
Four Days Marches Nijmegen: walking in the heat
This year the 102nd Four Days Marches take place from 17 to 20 July in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.1 With 48.000 people participating, this is the largest multiple-day walking event in the world and participants walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers each day, depending on age and gender. The start is at 4:00 AM and everyone […]
July 20 2018
In 2015, drowning accounted for at least 360.000 deaths worldwide. It is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. Most of the incidents occur in low or middle-income countries. With the summertime being present, people tend to swim more often and submersion or drowning happens more often in […]
July 10 2018
When lightning strikes
This week we asked you whether you should start with chest compressions or rescue breaths when you are performing CPR on a lightning victim. We will explain you why rescue breaths are the best approach.  When struck by lightning the current can cause a simultaneous cardiac and respiratory arrest. Due to cardiac automaticity the heart […]
May 9 2015