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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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:
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