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Identifying and Treating Poison Ivy

Identifying and Treating Poison Ivy

What do these patients have in common? A 4-year-old with lines of red bumps and blisters over his legs after playing in the woods behind his house. A 46-year-old female with swelling and irritation around her bottom after wiping herself with dead leaves while hiking...

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Surviving Cold Water Immersion

Surviving Cold Water Immersion

Fatalities from cold water immersion occur every year – even in swimmers looking to cool off in Lake Tahoe during a hot summer day! Most people believe that hypothermia is going to kill them within 5 minutes of immersion and so they panic and drown. Learn what to do should you fall into cold water.

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Quicksand: Know How to Escape

Quicksand: Know How to Escape

We’ve all seen the action films where quicksand swallows its victims whole. In
reality, quicksand doesn’t suck people under the way it always seems to in the
movies, but it is difficult to get out of and can be extremely dangerous. Quicksand is
a mixture of sand or silt and water that is typically found on riverbanks, near lakes,
in marches, or near coastal areas. It is not usually a problem at Zion, but quicksand
can form there when the conditions are right.

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AWLS Newsletter June 2016

AWLS Newsletter June 2016

Greetings! Are you ready to treat a snakebite?  For this June newsletter, we've put together a useful guide to dealing with wilderness envenomations. In the article below, we address types of venomous snakes, symptoms, antibody considerations, and putting together a...

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