** Ebola Breakout – urgent medic appeal from the British Red Cross **

British Red CrossFrom the British Red Cross We are looking to launch a recruitment campaign to recruit Doctors and Nurses to staff our urgent response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Working with the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and we are working to provide additional staff for an isolation unit in Sierra Leone.

We are looking for are qualified and trained medical staff who will be able deploy for a period of around one month. Please note that if an individual is currently patient facing then there would also be a 3 week quarantine period at home in the UK before they could return to normal clinical work. These posts would be paid positions with the British Red Cross.

If any individuals are interested to apply we would ask them to send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@redcross.org.uk. We would then have a process of interview, training, medical check and briefing including discussions of insurance and security, before a deployment.

Please mention ‘Expedition & Wilderness‘ when making contact

 

Of interest

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Our iconic Mountain Medicine course in Nepal, run in association with EverestER and led this year by Dr Martin Rhodes of Antarctic fame, has a few places left.

Mountain Medicine courses
Our iconic Mountain Medicine course in Nepal, run in association with EverestER and led this year by Dr Martin Rhodes of Antarctic fame, has a few places left.
Last places left on our Belize Diving Medicine Course run with award charity Blue Ventures and led by its founder Dr Rob Conway  and our upcoming Dartmoor Expedition Medicine Course

Make sure you get your place and open a door to a new medical world…

Mountain Medicine Nepal

Mountain Medicine   
Nepal

08 October 2014 to 25 October 2014The ultimate mountain medicine course, the path of which follows the Everest Base Camp Trail up the Khumbu valley to base camp itself, situated in the shadow of the world’s most iconic peak.

The 2014 course is to be directed by Dr Martin Rhodes, DiMM instructor and Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions lead medic and Dr Rachel Anderson who is an Emergency Medicine registrar in the UK who has worked in the expedition environment in Nepal and Antarctica.

‘The Mountain Medicine course was one of the most amazing experiences of my life lead by a world class exped team. Really grateful for the opportunity to attend the course’

Book one of the last few places…

London Air Ambulance

Mountain Medicine   
Aconcagua

11 January 2015 to 30 January 2015Aconcagua is the highest point on the American continent and the tallest peak in the world outside of Asia. Rising approximately 4,000 ft above its surrounding peaks, Aconcagua, “The Stone Sentinel”, dominates the rugged Andean landscape. The ascent to its summit offers spectacular views of the Andes mountain range.

Our medical expedition will be following the Horcones Glacier, we’ll attempt the summit on the northeast aspect of the mountain.

Mountain Medicine   
Bhutan

22 September 2014 to 04 October 2014Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is no ordinary place. It is a kingdom replete with myths and legends, where the best of traditional culture thrives and mountains dominated the skyline.

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s Mountain Medicine course to the Bhutan is headed by Dr Luanne Freer MD FAWM founder of Everest ER.

Book your place now…

Diving & Marine Medicine Belize

Diving & Marine Medicine
Belize  with Blue Ventures

02 November 2014 to 07 November 2014

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine are very excited at being able to offer an inspirational Diving and Marine Medicine course for all those medical professionals responsible for clients or expedition team members in a diving or marine environment.

The 2014 Dive Medicine course will be held in Belize in association with Blue Ventures the award winning marine conservation organisation and includes diving on the remarkable UNESCO listed ‘Blue Hole’

Book your place now…

Extreme mammalian adaptations

Dartmoor
Expedition Medicine Course

This Septembers Expedition Medicine course on Dartmoor is delighted to be welcoming Dr Anna Bågenholm – the ultimate polar survivor and led by EWM is delighted to have Dr Alex Rowe, the companies newly appointed UK Medical Director.

Alex is no stranger to world of expeditions and remote medicine but his specialist subject is as the crew medic for the RNLI Lifeboat based out of Brixham.

Also onboard is Dr Matt Edwards of London Air Ambulance HEMS and AMREF Flying Doctors fame will be joining us on the next Dartmoor Expedition Medicine course in September – Matt has an amazingly broad range of experiences to learn from…

Book you place now…

Everest ER

Everest ER
Extreme Medicine Conference charity 2014

Meet the world leaders in Pre Hospital Care, Disaster & Humanitarian and Remote Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine in November.
Find out more here…

 

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the Extreme Medicine Conference, NASA Astronaut Dr Michael Barrett and Professor Craig Franklin

Extreme Medicine 2014
Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the Extreme Medicine Conference, NASA Astronaut Dr Michael Barrett and Professor Craig Franklin - pre conference workshop presented in association with London HEMS.
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Pre Conference Workshop – Pre Hospital presented with London Air Ambulance
The Extreme Medicine Film

Extreme Medicine 2014

Meet the world leaders in Pre Hospital Care, Disaster & Humanitarian and Remote Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine in November.

Each day of the conference focuses on different aspects of Extreme Medicine. The first day covers Expedition & Wilderness; the second day was built around Pre-Hospital Medicine with days 3 and 4 covering Disaster Medicine and Extreme Medicine respectively.

We will be featuring speakers on Gaza and the Ebola Crisis in West Africa.

Extreme Medicine Conference website

Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Extreme Medicine

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is delighted to endorse the Extreme Medicine Conference Series.  The subject matter, close to his heart, brings together the disparate but complimentary,  and often overlapping fields, of Extreme & Expedition, Humanitarian & Disaster and  Pre Hospital Care medicine.

It is medicine that saves the lives of not only the most remote explorer but also populations devastated by natural disasters, covering the most in need in the most vulnerable of places.

The conference serves to bring global leaders in these areas to share knowledge, network and introduce new equipment and techniques as well as presenting cutting edge research. It is this excellence in extremes which Sir Ranulph is proud to be associated with.

Photo (C) Martin Hartley
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London HEM's

Pre Conference Workshop with London HEM’s

6-7th November 2014, Central London

Working with one of world’s leading air ambulance organisations, delivering advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London.  It has an international reputation for clinical excellence, and delivers pioneering procedures that have been adopted across the world.

The service provides pre-hospital medical care at the scene of the incident and serves the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.

Open to all medical professionals and registered medical students.

Spaces are limited to first come first served and a significant portion of ticket fees goes to London Air Ambulance as a charity.

Book your place here…

London Air Ambulance

Extreme Medicine the film

Watch here…

NASA and Extreme Medicine

Featured speaker
Michael Barrett
NASA ASTRONAUT

Human Research Program at NASA Johnson Space Centre.

In January of 2012, he became manager of NASA’s Human Research Program. This program guides applied research oriented toward mitigating the most prominent health and performance risks associated with human spaceflight. In April of 2013, Dr. Barratt returned to the Astronaut Office and currently works medical and payload science issues while maintaining training proficiency.

See a selection of the Extreme Medicine 2014 speakers…
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Extreme mammalian adaptations

Featured speaker
Craig Franklin
Queensland University

Professor Craig Franklin is currently based in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. He is an animal ecophysiologist and zoologist. Craig is also chair of the Animal Section, Society for Experimental Biology (London, UK), an editor for the Journal of Experimental Biology (Cambridge, UK) and Director of Research for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
Professor Franklin has published over 200 scientific articles, including papers in the prestigious journals Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the Royal Society. He has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes during his career, including being appointed as a Professorial Fellow by the Australian Research Council; receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Göteborg, and receiving the President’s Medal from the Society for Experimental Biology, UK.See a selection of the Extreme Medicine 2014 speakers…
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Everest ER

Everest ER – conference charity 2014

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Remote Medicine Conferences with EWM and Lindblad Expeditions …

EWM and Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic  team up…. again

After three years of successful collaboration Expedition & Wilderness Medicine have teamed up with Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic to offer up some amazing medical conferences in some of the world’s most difficult to access areas.
Very limited availability and space goes quickly- reserve your space now!
Antarctica | Kimberley Coast | Galapagos

Paul Auerbach Wilderness Medicine

Antarctica

Remote. Untrammeled. Spectacular. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on Earth. There are many reasons to explore it. Wildlife: scores of penguins and whales. Ice: an entire museum of colossal and magical ice forms defying description. And the dashing history of the Heroic Age of Exploration.
Find out more….

How to book

Your booking is made through Lindblad Expeditions and their terms & conditions apply.
Please email Liz Estes for a completed reservation form.
Should you require further information regarding the itinerary, flights and travel arrangements or specific requirements regarding your stay, your point of contact is Liz at 888-773-9007888-773-9007, if ringing from outside the US on 001-212-261-9000001-212-261-9000 or email groups@expeditions.com.  We recommend your make your flights arrangements through Lindblad especially if travel from the US to tie in with local ground arrangements.

Medical Conference in Galapagos

Galápagos Islands

25 September 2015 to 04 October 2015

Join us aboard the National Geographic Endeavour, our expedition ship for a CME accredited medical conference.

Explore this amazing UNESCO listed region in the company of some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts and follow in the footsteps of Darwin.
Find out more….

Kimberley Medical Conference

Kimberley with the Spice Islands

You will  travel with an Expedition Leader, a team of naturalists, an undersea specialist, divemasters, an Expedition Leader, a Lindblad-National certified photo instructor, who are amazing experts in their own right, and consequently offer a superb environment from which to explore this incredible region.

Explore the remote, spectacular Kimberley region of northwest Australia and the string of idyllic Spice Islands of Indonesia to be invited into remote villages where history comes alive in traditional ceremonies.
Find out more….

Remote Medical Conferences

Medical Conferences with EWM

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Anna Bågenholm explains why she feels expedition medicine is so important…

Working as a Radiologist at the North Norway Universital hospital, I am used to dealing with extreme medicine physiology and Anna Bagenholm and Polar Medicinelogistics on regular basis.  At our remote location, our hospital takes care of 500 000 inhabitants living across a vast area, including the beautiful remoteness of Svalbard.  I have treated people following polar bear attacks, avalanches, mountain falls and shipwrecks. We prepare patients for long medevac flights using planes and helicopters, journey times lengthened during ice storms and bad weather conditions. Our remote location leaves us vulnerable but teamwork plays a big part in all we do so we make good use of new technologies, including teleradiology, which I use on a daily basis.

Personally, I am so grateful to the people at the University Hospital in North Norway not only for having the opportunity to work together with them as senior doctor but also for maintaining my medical career after having a bad skiing accident in 1999.

The accident gave me a core  body temperature of 13.7 degrees and no heart beat for 2 hours and 45 minutes. The medical team never gave up on me and their knowleage of extreme physiology saved me. Their slogan is

“nobody is dead until warm and dead.”

After 1 hour helicopter transportation, 9 hours in the operating room, 6 days on ECMO, 6 days on kidney replacement therapy, 5 weeks on a ventilator and 1-2 years partially paralysed from the neck down, I now lead a completely normal life, helping other patients.

We should think of extreme medicine as an important and normal part of medicine.  We never know when we might need to draw upon our knowledge of extreme physiology and associated logistics.  Being prepared is the best way to handle the situation.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

 

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Anna Bågenholm – ultimate polar survivor joins the EWM team for the next Expedition Medicine course

Expedition Medicine experts gather on Dartmoor

This Septembers Expedition Medicine course on Dartmoor is delighted to be welcoming Dr Anna Bågenholm – the ultimate polar survivor…

Network with the leaders in remote medicine
The Extreme Medicine Conference London – 8-11 November

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The Extreme Medicine Film

Dartmoor headed up by Dr Alex Rowe

EWM is delighted to have Dr Alex Rowe, the companies newly appointed UK Medical Director at the helm of this years September course in Dartmoor.
Alex is no stranger to world of expeditions and remote medicine but his specialist subject is as the crew medic for the RNLI Lifeboat based out of Brixham.

Find out more about Alex here…
Reserve your place now….

2 Vacancies: Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2015, the other Aug 2015.   Roles include funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare

Network with the leaders in remote medicine
The Extreme Medicine Conference London – 8-11 November

Extreme Medicine Conference & Pre Conference workshop presented in association with London HEMS
Book your conference & Workshop space now
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Dr Anna Bagenholm

Dr Anna Bågenholm

Anna is a Swedish radiologist from Vanersborg, who survived after a skiing accident in 1999 left her trapped under a layer of ice for 80 minutes in freezing water.

During this time she became a victim of extreme hypothermia and her body temperature;decreased to 13.7C (56.7F), the lowest survived body temperature ever recorded in a human with accidental hypothermia until fellow Swede Stella, 7 years old, survived 13.0C (55.F) at Christmas 2010 Bågenholm was able to find an air pocket under the ice, but suffered circulatory arrest after 40 minutes in the water. Source: Wikipedia.

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Whats out there once you’ve done a course?

Dr Matt Edwards
Flying Doctor AMREF, London HEMS

Great to hear that Dr Matt Edwards of London Air Ambulance HEMS and AMREF Flying Doctors fame will be joining us on the next Dartmoor Expedition Medicine course in September – Matt has an amazingly broad range of experiences to learn from…

Read about his time with the British Antarctic Survey
Working for AMREF in Kenya

Reserve your place now….

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Work in remote medicine – jobs coming up

Work in remote medicine.

Employers prefer applications from the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine community members over many others so please do mention ‘EWM’ when applying…

Network with the leaders in remote medicine
The Extreme Medicine Conference London – 8-11 November

Pre Conference Pre Hospital Care workshop presented in association with the world leading London HEMS Team, 6-7 November
Book your conference & Workshop space now | Book just the workshop

The Extreme Medicine Film

Royal Flying Doctors

Australia bound

RFDS & Careflight are currently recruiting across Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine (ST6 and above) for positions commencing August 2015 with one of Queensland’s largest specialist providers of Aero- medical staff.

Aero Medical Retrieval is a mixture of pre-hospital and inter-facility work.  Critically ill and injured patients need stabilisation and transfer so retrieval services can take you to the smaller rural hospitals and clinics with the Retrieval Registrar carrying out most of the initial resuscitation work.

To see more detail about these posts click here..

Head Medical are looking for GP’s to work with a well-established rural private practice based in Western Alberta. This is an excellent chance to experience and explore the stunning natural beauty of Canada; you will be working with and making a positive impact on a local community while being exceptionally rewarded with high earnings and excellent benefits
The Location:  Wabasca, consists of two communities – Wabasca and Desmarais. The hamlet has a population of 1,569, which is largely Native Canadian. Another 2,207 additional residents live on five Indian reserves in the immediate surrounding area.Located west of the Wabasca oil field, oil and gas exploration and extraction is Wabasca’s primary industry.

Fishing, ice fishing, quadding, and snowmobiling are traditional and recreational activities in the area. Other activities include cross-country skiing, skating, skateboarding, and swimming.

Find out more here…

London Air Ambulance

Pre-Hospital Care Leaders

2 Vacancies: Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2015, the other Aug 2015.   Roles include funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare
DDRC Healthcare is a charity providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), training and research in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and associated fields. In conjunction withPlymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are looking to appoint two junior doctors for 6 month posts – one doctor to commence February 2015 and the other August 2015.

The post will be an average of 6 sessions per week at DDRC and 4 sessions per week in the Emergency Department. We are looking for Doctors with a minimum of 2 years experience post qualification. You must have full registration with the GMC or be eligible to become fully registered.Find out more here…

Extreme Medicine 2014
Featured speaker

Dr Anne Weaver
LEAD CLINICIAN FOR PRE-HOSPITAL CARE PROGRAMME

Dr Anne Weaver is the Lead Clinician for the Pre-hospital Care Programme, in addition to being a Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre-hospital Care at The Royal London Hospital, and Lead Clinician for HEMS. Dr Weaver has years of experience in Pre-hospital Care in the UK and Australia, and has supported the Programme from the start. Dr Weaver organises the mentoring of the other medical students by the HEMS registrars.

As Lead Clinician for the London Air Ambulance, Dr Anne Weaver heads up a service that is on call for 11 million people in the capital. She and her team save lives on a daily basis through their critical intervention at the scene of an incident.

 

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Extreme Medicine – Students tickets now on waitlist…

Extreme Medicine ConferenceStudent tickets have now SOLD OUT but we are operating a waitlist (go to booking page for more details).

Other categories still have tickets available but reserve yours soon to attend the Extreme Medicine events of 2014

http://www.extrememedicineexpo.com/

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2 Vacancies: Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2015, the other Aug 2015.  Includes funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare

DDRCDDRC Healthcare is a charity providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), training and research in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and associated fields.  In conjunction with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are looking to appoint two junior doctors for 6 month posts – one doctor to commence February 2015 and the other August 2015.

The post will be an average of 6 sessions per week at DDRC and 4 sessions per week in the Emergency Department. We are looking for Doctors with a minimum of 2 years experience post qualification.  You must have full registration with the GMC or be eligible to become fully registered.

Derriford Hospital is adjacent to DDRC and is the largest teaching hospital in the southwest with a busy Emergency Department. DDRC provides HBO for elective and emergency patients for conditions including Decompression Illness, tissue damage secondary to radiotherapy and diabetic ulcers.

Training will be provided in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and successful candidates will be encouraged and funded to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare run by the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

There is no on call commitment for the diving aspect of this post however individuals will be encouraged to be involved in the management of diving accidents. The ED sessions may include some night shifts.

 

For application form and further information see Employment section www.ddrc.org

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – info@ddrc.org or 01752 209999

Closing date: 18.08.2014 (08.00) interview date: 05.09.2014

 

Courses and Conferences of Interest

Expedition Medicine Courses

Expedition Medicine Conference

Diving & Marine Medicine
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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Useful multi language expedition medicine resource from the UIAA

The UIAA has compiled a really useful list of resources, available in a number of European languages, directed at those medics departing on expeditions and most particularly for those heading to the mountains.uiaa-logo

http://www.theuiaa.org/medical_advice.html

Resource List

4 x 4 Health Rules for Mountaineers

These general suggestions are designed to guide those who are unfamiliar or less experienced with mountain terrain and who wish to hike or climb. 16 good advice for what to do when you are in the mountains, before the tour, during the tour and in case something happens.

AMS, HAPE, HACE – Emergency field management

Acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE) are the most important and most common altitude related diseases. Primary prevention is considered the gold standard to avoid altitude illness. Learn how to diagnose, treat and most important how to prevent.

Portable Hyperbaric Chambers

A portable hyperbaric chamber is a small inflatable chamber made of fabric, which can fit one person. When it is inflated, pressure is created inside the chamber which simulates a descent of 1500-2500 altitude meters. It is used to stabilise patients with serious altitude illness, so that their condition improves and they can descend to lower altitudes to recover. This paper gives advice on the use of such chambers.

Nutritional Considerations in Mountaineering

There are many additional nutritional issues that must be considered when preparing for any mountaineering pursuit, especially those of longer duration. Therefore the aim of this paper is to briefly outline evidence-based nutritional considerations and strategies that can be adopted to minimise weight loss, and improve health and performance.

Traveller’s Diarrhoea

Traveller’s diarrhoea is one of the most important medical problems for trekkers and those taking part in expedition mountaineering. Although the details of the data are still being discussed there is no question that the loss of body water and electrolytes impairs the physical and mental capacity significantly and dehydration increases the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)…

Water Disinfection in the Mountains

Infected water is the most common risk for diarrhoea. This UIAA MedCom recommendation summarises advantages and disadvantages of the several procedures of water disinfection with special regard to the situation in the mountains or at high altitude; and will advise mountaineers on how to prepare safe water while minimising the environmental damage.

How to Check the Quality of a Commercially Organiz

As the number of mountaineers who are joining organised treks or expeditions continues to increase, so too does incidence of altitude-related diseases. The following recommendations should assist the mountaineering tourists to check as far as is reasonably possible, whether their organisation has taken into account potential health risks when planning the trip itinerary.

Model Contract for Health Care on Trekking and Exp

Being an Expedition or Trekking Doctor is more than being merely a member which advises others in case of a health problem during the trip and who may get a discount on organized trips! An expedition doctor has specific responsibilities, has to provide special skills, and must always accept responsibility for any diagnosis made, whether right or wrong. This contract document attempts to clarify the rights and obligations of the tour operator, the expedition doctor and the expedition, to avoid trouble and misunderstandings during the trip.

Children at Altitude

Each year many thousands of lowland children travel to high altitude uneventfully. The majority of these ascents involve trips to mountain resorts, especially in North America and Europe. While altitude travel is without incident for most, some of these children develop symptoms that may be attributed to altitude exposure. The following consensus view described here provides the conservative recommendations that should be helpful for mountaineers and physicians who are required to offer advice about ascent to high altitude with children.

The Effect of Extremes of Temperature on Drugs

Harsh environmental factors “especially heat and cold” can significantly affect drugs, the substances as well as stabilisers, solvents etc. Temperatures inside emergency medical bags have been reported to be between -40°C and +80°C. Such temperature extremes may be even harsher in a mountaineering environment. The following recommendations are given on how to handle drugs under such circumstances, side effects and other drug related matters in the mountains.

The Use of Hiking Sticks in the Mountains

Hiking sticks have become popular among many who walk in the mountains. This document explains the right technique for using telescopic sticks and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of hiking with them. It also explains the correct walking techniques which make the use of sticks unnecessary for healthy hikers.

Women Going to Altitude

This document gives advice to women about their risk of altitude illness, the effect of altitude on the menstrual cycle and the use of birth control pills. It also gives advice to pregnant women about the effects high altitudes can have on their health and gives recommendations on how to prevent complications.

People with Pre-Existing Conditions Going to the Mountains

This document gives advice to people with medical conditions who want to go to the mountains. It describes the affects altitude can have on conditions such as asthma, heart problems and migraine. It also takes into consideration other risk factors connected to mountain holidays, such as strenuous exercise, lack of nearby medical facilities and change of culture and lifestyle.

Contraception at altitude

A large proportion of women do not principally use contraception during their travel for contraceptive reasons but for regulating and controlling their periods.This paper focuses specifically on the use of contraception during altitude sojourns and reflects the official standard recommendation of UIAA MedCom, which is based on current literature.

Work in Hypoxic Conditions

Until recently only mountaineers and high altitude residents were exposed for prolonged periods to a low oxygen (hypoxic) environment. Over the last decade artificial hypoxic rooms have been built as a fire preventative environment for libraries and are now also used for Hypoxic training for athletes and other purposes.

Travel to Altitude with Neurological Disorders

The present review examines several neurological conditions and the problems posed by travelling to high altitude, and in particular whether the underlying disease is likely to worsen. The neurological conditions include migraine and other types of headaches, transient ischemia of the brain, occlusive cerebral artery diseases, intracranial haemorrhage and vascular malformations, intracranial space occupying mass, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathies, neuromuscular disorders and epileptic seizures.

Injury Classification for Mountaineering and Climb

In the past 20 years several studies (pro- and retrospectively) were conducted to evaluate the injury and fatality risk of rock, ice and mountain climbing. A simple and common protocol was developed, by the UIAA MedCom to report injuries in mountaineering and climbing studies. This protocol includes the use of a single climbing grade reference that converts UIAA climbing grades into a standardised metric form.

Travel at high altitude

An easy to understand leaflet for people going to high altitudes. It gives advice on how to avoid serious altitude illness and other health problems. The leaflet is prepared by Medex with support from the UIAA. It describes going from sea level to anywhere above 2,000m.   This booklet is available here in many languages.

Blood Borne Infections in Climbing

Climbing often involves travel to foreign and remote destinations, whether for competitions or personal pursuits. Sustaining cuts, abrasions or lacerations, typically on the fingertips in contact with holds, is a common occurrence in climbing.
Therefore what is the risk of blood borne infections being transmitted to the climber following – i.e. whether seconding or in a competition?

Recommendation for prevention and control of Legionella infections

Legionnaires’ Disease or Legionellosis is the term used for infections caused by Legionella pneumophila and other related bacteria. Legionella bacteria are only dangerous in respirable form and generally only in susceptible individuals for whom inhalation of the bacteria in aerosols or water droplets (showers) may cause severe pneumonia and, in extreme cases, death.

Eye problems in Expeditions

Excessive sunlight and white snow can be a very big problem when going in expeditions. Precaution and using of special glasses these kind of problems can be avoid. But what happens if …

Cardiovascular diseases

Mountain activity is one of the most adictive, therefore mountaineers and climbers usually cross the barrier of confort to achive goals and to be on the mountain. Going to high altitude can be a risk for those which suffer from cardiovascular diseases because of the low pressure, oxigen and extreme weather conditions.

Safety and Success on Kilimanjaro

Strange as it may sound, Kilimanjaro is perhaps one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Despite reliable weather and straightforward access, illness and injury are commonplace. Of the 40,000 visitors Kili attracts each year, between 50 and 75% turn back before reaching the summit.

The UIAA was founded in 1932 and has a global presence on five continents with 80 member associations in 50 countries representing about 2.5 million people. The organization’s mission is to promote the growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide, advance safe and ethical mountain practices and promote responsible access, culture and environmental protection.

The organization operates through the work of its commissions which make recommendations, set policy and advocate on behalf of the mountaineering community.

Courses and Conferences of interest

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