Saturday September 26, 2020

The ABC of survival skills

Learning basic medical skills can mean the difference between life and death in a wilderness emergency, writes Jasper Winn.

8th September, 2012
Everyone who travels or goes mountain biking, kayaking or hill walking should have, and keep adding to, basic medical skills.

"Sweep for catastrophic bleeding, then ABCDE, then ABCDE again," I'm muttering to myself. The man sprawled across the floor of a cave in Killarney National Park has a deathly pallor in the light of my head-torch and is groaning.

"I need a MIST, now! NOW!" Gavin, down by the body's feet, is shouting.

Wilderness first responder medicine is seemingly all about mnemonics and acronyms. I'm working through A, B, C, D and E checks; Airway,...

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