Wilderness First Aid: A Pocket Guide by Paul GillWilderness First Aid: A Pocket Guide by Paul Gill

Wilderness First Aid: A Pocket Guide

byPaul Gill

Paperback | December 13, 2001

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A practical, packable source of clear, reassuring first aid advice, Wilderness First Aid is the only such guide written by a board-certified emergency medicine specialist.Wilderness First Aid presents 125 outdoor medical emergencies and succinct, step-by-step treatment advice. Arranged by symptom for easy access, treatments cover everything from blisters to broken bones, heat stroke to hypothermia, snake bites to poison ivy. Direct and to the point, Wilderness First Aid's spread-by-spread design gets readers where they need to be quickly­­making calm, informed treatment decisions.

Paul G. Gill Jr., M.D. is a board-certified emergency medicine specialist and a member of the Wilderness Medical Society. He wrote an outdoor medicine column for Outdoor Life for many years and is the author of The Onboard Medical Handbook.
Title:Wilderness First Aid: A Pocket GuideFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 13, 2001Publisher:International MarineLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071379622

ISBN - 13:9780071379625

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Table of Contents


Assessing and Stabilizing the Trauma Victim

Primary and Secondary Surveys of a Person with Multiple Injuries

The Primary Survey: the ABCDEs; The Secondary Survey


Is the Victim in Shock?; Treatment

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)


Using the Heimlich Maneuver

Chest Pain

Symptoms; Treatment

Soft Tissue Injuries

Open Wounds

Controlling the Bleeding; Cleaning the Wound; Closing the Wound; Skin Avulsions and Flaps; Abrasions

Puncture Wounds



Types; Treatment

Crush Injuries

Contusions; Subungual Hematomas

Musculoskeletal Problems: Bones, Joints, and Muscles


Wrists, Hands, Fingers, and Toes



Checking the CMS; Reducing and Stabilizing the Fracture; Splints; Types; Amputations



Head and Neck Injuries

Approaching the Head- or Neck-Injured Patient

Assess the ABCDEs and Mental Status; Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine Fractures and Low Back Strain

Head Injuries

Concussion; Intracranial Bleeding; Repairing a Scalp Wound


Making a Decision

Chest and Abdominal Injuries

Chest Injuries

Evaluating the Injury; Types

Abdominal Injuries

Blunt Abdominal Injuries; Penetrating Abdominal Injuries

Eye, Ear, and Nose Problems

Eye Injuries

Corneal Foreign Bodies and Abrasions; Blunt and Penetrating Eye Injuries; Snow Blindness and Frozen Cornea

Ear and Nose Disorders

Swimmer's Ear; Ruptured Eardrum; Insects in the Ear; Nosebleed

Hypothermia and Frostbite

The Cold Facts

How Heat Is Lost from the Body; How the Body Responds to Heat Loss; Predisposing Causes


Recognizing Hypothermia; Treatment; Prevention: Dress for Success

Immersion Hypothermia

The Cold, Hard Facts; How Long Will You Last in Cold Water?; Getting Out of the Drink


Predisposing Factors; Signs and Symptoms; Treatment; Prevention

Sunburn and Heat Illness


Heat Illness

Handling the Heat; Types; Prevention

Lightning Injuries

Lightning's Physical Effects

Flashover Effect; Signs and Symptoms of Lightning Strike

Treatment of Lightning Injuries

Recognizing Lightning Injury; First Response; Group Therapy

Lightning Injury Prevention

What You Should Do in a Lightning Storm; Lightning Myths and Superstitions

Drowning and Near-Drowning

What It's All About

Definitions; How It Happens

Basic Lifesaving

Throw Him a Rope; Rescue Carries


CPR; Postimmersion Syndrome

Spider, Scorpion, Insect, and Snake Bites and Stings

Spider Facts

Black Widow Spiders; Brown Spiders; Tarantulas


Signs and Symptoms of Scorpion Sting; Treatment and Prevention

Blood-Sucking Flying Insects

Mosquitoes; Blackflies

How to Protect Yourself Against Flying Insects

The Numbers Game; Avoidance; Physical Barriers; Chemical Deterrence

Stinging Insects

Sting Operation; Treatment and Prevention


Identifying Snakes; Snake Physiology 101; The Cast of Characters; Modus Operandi; Signs and Symptoms of Snakebite; Treatment of Snakebite; Prevention of Snakebite

Plant Dermatitis

Primary Irritant Plants

Thorns, Bristles, Hairs, and Chemicals; Treatment

Poison Ivy Dermatitis

Geographical Distribution; Susceptibility; Signs and Symptoms; Treatment; Prevention

Infectious Diarrhea and Field Water Disinfection

Infectious Diarrhea

Giardiasis, a.k.a. Backpacker's Diarrhea; Treatment; Prevention

Water Disinfection

Physical Methods; Chemical Methods

High-Altitude Illness

What It's All About

Acute Mountain Sickness

Too High, Too Fast; Symptoms; Treatment; Prevention; High-Altitude Cerebral Edema; High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema

Foot Care in the Wild


Causes; Treatment; Prevention

Other Foot Problems

Corns and Calluses; Ingrown Toenails; Athlete's Foot

Wilderness Evacuation

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Evacuation Guidelines

Rescue Carries

One-Rescuer Carries; Two-Rescuer Carries


Pole Litter; Sleeping Bag Litter; Pole-and-Rope Litter

The Wilderness Medical Kit

What to Take

Wound Care Materials; Medicines; Miscellaneous


Symptom Charts

Soft Tissue Injuries

Musculoskeletal Problems

Head and Neck Injuries

Chest and Abdominal Injuries

Eye, Ear, and Nose Problems

Hypothermia and Frostbite

Sunburn and Heat Illness

Lightning Injuries

Drowning and Near-Drowning

Spider, Scorpion, Insect, and Snake Bites and Stings

Plant Dermatitis

Infectious Diarrhea

High-Altitude Illness

Foot Problems