Accidents are probably the last thing on your mind when heading out for a wilderness adventure.
Accidents are probably the last thing on your mind when heading out for a wilderness adventure. But miles from nowhere the unthinkable can occur and suddenly leave you faced with a medical problem or emergency. What should you do.
You'll be ahead of the game if you read and carry Wilderness 911. Written by Backpacker magazine medical editor and emergency room veteran Eric A. Weiss, M.D., it covers the injuries and incidents most likely to happen in the backcountry. Not only does this manual prepare you with straightforward instructions on assessing and treating injuries from minor to severe, it goes one step further and teaches the tricks of the trade-what to do when first-aid supplies are scarce or nonexistent. These improvisational techniques-from closing wounds with hair or tape to making airtight dressings with honey and slings with safety pins-will get you through when you have to make do. Step-by-step guidance keeps things simple, allowing you to quickly diagnose signs and symptoms, treat a wide array of problems, and recognize when immediate evacuation is necessary. Wilderness 911 also tells you what not to do in emergencies and how to prevent them in the first place. When you are the closest thing to an emergency room, this is the kind of expertise you'll want in your pack.