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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine started a world movement for medics working in remote and austere locations. We remain at the forefront in all we do and that's why we are changing our name to 'World Extreme Medicine'. It reflects a change in how we as a worldwide community of medics respond to emergencies and an ever widening range of opportunities for adventurous medics... Where man goes, medicine must follow.

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Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Fact Sheet

This website covers a number of different subjects including general, venous and arterial surgery. It also contains information about high altitude disease. Viewers of this site should be aware it contains a number of graphic medical images.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Fact Sheet
 

Altitude Medicine and Frostbite Advice

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine faculty member Professor Chris Imray's website.

Please click on a link below for the subject you would like to learn more about.

> High Altitude Medicine Gallery    > Acute Mountain Sickness   > Frostbite    > Non-Freezing Cold Injury   > Cho Oyu Tibet   > Everest Expedition

Altitude Medicine and Frostbite Advice
 

Bangor Mountain Medicine project

Every patients who arrives at Ysbyty Gwynedd following contact with MRT and/or RAF is entered onto the Mountain Medicine Database. 

With almost 800 casualties entered (it goes back to 2004) we believe this is the largest database of mountain casualties containing hospital diagnosis in the world: most others stop at the field diagnosis made by rescuers.

Bangor Mountain Medicine project
 

British Cave Rescue Council

The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was formed in 1967 as the representative body for bona fide volunteer underground rescue organisations in the British Isles. Its functions include representing and supporting its members at National and International level, promoting the exchange of information between member rescue organisations and providing a common voice for them. It is a coordinating and not a governing body. Individual cave rescue organisations (which may be made up of one or more cave rescue teams) remain entirely autonomous and independent.

British Cave Rescue Council
 

British Mountaineering Council

The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.

British Mountaineering Council
 

College of Search And Rescue Medicine

The College of Search And Rescue Medicine is committed to providing relevant, current, Health Professions Council (HPC) compliant training and support to Search And Rescue personnel. From the start of their employment in SAR health care and continuing throughout their career with a program of continuing professional development. The College is also committed to providing a supportive continuing professional development framework for employees and faculty.

College of Search And Rescue Medicine
 

Diploma in Mountain Medicine (Dip. Mtn. Med.)

The diploma course is open to all qualified and registered doctors and to qualified, registered and suitably experienced paramedics and nurses.  Suitably experienced final year medical students can commence the course but have to be fully registered before the award of the diploma

Diploma in Mountain Medicine (Dip. Mtn. Med.)
 

Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic - Everest ER

The Everest base camp medical clinic “Everest ER” will be on the mountain in April 2010 for our 8th season (!)  As always, we offer services to base camp climbers, support staff and trekkers-through in support of our mission to prevent and treat illness at high altitude and to use proceeds for care from non-Nepalis to subsidize free or low cost health care for our Nepali friends.

Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic - Everest ER
 

Everest Memorial Trust

The Everest Memorial Trust (EMT) is a registered charity established in England. The aim of the Trust is to undertake new environmental, health and education projects, initially within the Solu Khumbu region of north east Nepal but with aspirations to expand its activities throughout the country at a later date. Target areas for Trust projects are the high mountain communities of the Himalayas as befits a charity founded to commemorate all those climbers who, since 1921 have died on the slopes of Mount Everest.

Everest Memorial Trust
 

EverestER - a BBC write up

At the top of the Khumbu Valley in Nepal, 5,400 metres above sea level, lies the Everest Base Camp Clinic.

It was founded in 2003 by American doctor Luanne Freer, to provide medical aid to the scores of expeditions that come to Everest each spring.

EverestER - a BBC write up
 

Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA)

The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) is a voluntary non-profit organization formed in 1973 with an objective to reduce casualties in the Nepal Himalayas, especially keeping in view the increasing number of Nepalese and foreigners who trek up into the remote wilderness.

Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA)
 

International Hypothermia Registry (IHR)

The first international registry for accidental human hypothermia hosted by the Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve in Switzerland

International Hypothermia Registry (IHR)
 

International Porter Protection Group

IPPG’s aim is for every porter to have:

- Access to adequate clothing, boots, shelter and food (appropriate to the altitude and weather)

- Medical care when ill or injured

- Insurance   

These aims are achieved by lobbying, education, monitoring and direct action through support of clothing banks, the construction of shelters and rescue posts.   IPPG is run entirely by volunteers with a minimum of bureaucracy. All monies raised are spent directly on our various porter projects or to support other porter NGOs.

International Porter Protection Group
 

International Society for Mountain Medicine

The International Society for Mountain Medicine was founded in 1985, and its goals are to bring together physicians, scientists and allied professionals interested in mountain medicine, to encourage research on all aspects of mountains, mountain peoples and mountaineers and to spread scientific and practical information about mountain medicine around the world.

International Society for Mountain Medicine
 

Mountain Emergency Medicine Course ICAR-ISMM-UIAA

A Mountain Emergency Medicine Course that meets and exceeds the requirements to achieve the highest International Certification in Mountain Emergency Medicine. After successfully completing the course, Physicians or Paramedics may receive the International Diploma of Mountain Emergency Medicine (certificate for Paramedics). The course is certified by UIAA, ISMM and ICAR.
Mountain Emergency Medicine Course ICAR-ISMM-UIAA
 

Mountain Rescue England and Wales

The mountain and cave rescue service in the UK is the responsibility of the police, under their obligation to 'protect life and property'. Teams – and the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) – are called out through the 999 system, and work with the police, ambulance or fire service according to the nature of the incident. They frequently work with the RAF Search & Rescue (RAF SAR) and increasingly with the various air ambulances. Incidents on sea cliffs are coordinated by HM Coastguard although in some areas joint arrangements are in place.

Mountain Rescue England and Wales
 

Mountains for Active Diabetics

Mountains for Active Diabetics is a loose association of outdoor enthusiasts of whom many happen to have diabetes. All are interested in the challenges of managing diabetes in the outdoors, particularly at extremes of altitude, temperature and exertion.

Our philosophy is that it can be done. Diabetics have summitted the world's highest peaks, crossed endless expanses of desert and snow, run ultra-marathons, bicycled all over the world and climbed vast walls of rock and ice...

Wilderness Mountain Medicine course in Nepal.

Mountains for Active Diabetics
 

RAF Search & Rescue

The Royal Air Force maintains a 24-hour search and rescue service covering the whole of the United Kingdom and a large surrounding area. Whilst the service exists primarily to assist military aircrew and other personnel in distress, the vast majority of ‘scrambles’ are to assist civilians who find themselves in difficulties, either on land or at sea.

RAF Search & Rescue
 

SAR - British Columbia hypothermia area

This section has links to a number of articles, research papers and protocols. We have published the Alaska protocols as well - see below. SARBC assumes no responsibility for the use or mis-use of information provided here.

SAR - British Columbia hypothermia area
 

Union Internationale des Associations D'Alpinisme (UIAA)

The UIAA is the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. In the spirit of sport and friendship it brings together nearly 1.3 million men, women and children joined by their passion for mountains. As a global community of volunteers, our members exchange ideas, give guidance and work together on the following areas:

>Risk Management   >Ice Climbing   >Youth   >Medical   >Access   >Mountain Protection   >Ethics & Law   >Training Standards

Union Internationale des Associations D'Alpinisme (UIAA)
 

Why should we take such a long time to get to the summit? The science on gradual ascent guidelines ...

The science of acclimitisation rates and ascent profiles for the worlds large mountains

Why should we take such a long time to get to the summit? The science on gradual ascent guidelines ...
 

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