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Do’s and Don’ts of Tick Time

Do’s and Don’ts of Tick Time

Tick season is in full swing. For such tiny insects, ticks can transmit a lot of dangerous diseases, including Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Powassan virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Tularemia.   Here are a few tick Do’s and Don'ts to help...

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Wilderness on the Highway

Wilderness on the Highway

Because “Wilderness” is defined as a situation more than one hour from definitive medical care, you can certainly encounter a wilderness situation along the highway. Consider this case of a holiday drive home.

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Preventing and Surviving Cougar Attacks

Preventing and Surviving Cougar Attacks

You and your friend are biking in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains when you notice a cougar stalking you on the trail. Though you raise your bikes and shout in attempt to scare it off, it charges right at you. You continue to stand your ground and even strike...

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Patients with Helmets: Remove or Not?

Patients with Helmets: Remove or Not?

Imagine this.  You are the first responder on a ski patrol team.  You are called to the scene of a patient who has collided with a tree.  You determine that he has significant enough risk for spinal injury that you would like to put him in a c-collar and on a spinal...

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Basics of Bear Safety

Basics of Bear Safety

Whether you are a weekend car camper, solo backcountry enthusiast, or anything in between, it is good to have a basic knowledge of bear safety.

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How to Make Litter Using Webbing

How to Make Litter Using Webbing

In this video made by Madigan Austere and Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, rescuers fashion an evacuation litter from webbing. This technique would be ideal for 6 people to carry, but they also show how it can be used by two rescuers. If you're interested in learning...

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Finger Pulley Injuries & Treatment Remedies

Finger Pulley Injuries & Treatment Remedies

A common injury for rock climbers is to finger flexor pulleys.  Climbers put massive stresses and dynamic loads on their fingers while trying to haul themselves up the wall. This post introduces a new therapy for these injuries. Breaking News!  There is now a rock...

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Using Drones for Search and Rescue

Using Drones for Search and Rescue

Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, have been used for military and government purposes for many years.  Recently, the consumer and commercial drone industry is growing exponentially.  Companies like UPS, Amazon, transportation agencies, telecommunications...

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