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An Aye for an Eye

Article from July, 2012

Time for a quiz, readers.  What is the most exquisitely sensitive organ vulnerable to injury in the field?  No, it is not THAT one, silly…..it is the eye.  While most expeditions have basic first aid supplies, rarely do these kits contain items specifically for eye injuries without forethought.  Eye disorders that require evacuation fortunately are...

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Toxic Dragon Spit and Other Medical Emergencies

Article from September, 2011

Most of us have jobs where daily activities follow a relatively standard pattern and constant alert for the unexpected is not the norm. On expeditions we have a heightened sense of the potential for an unexpected occurrence but upon completion of the trip, we revert to our routines. But what if your job entailed always being ready to deal with unusual and...

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Air Safety: Surviving a Plane Crash

Article from August, 2011

The excitement of travel and exploration is often tempered by safety considerations and the prudent explorer has prepared for medical emergencies and evacuation. How many of us have felt ready for occurrences we can control but experience anxiety about the travel itself? Flying is almost always involved and whether in domestic or international airspace,...

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Sweating It Out: It’s Best to Beat the Heat

Article from April, 2011

Explorers in the field are quite goal-oriented, often with a fixed time to complete the mission. Tromping through jungles, scaling narrow ledges, or seaborne on the open ocean, we are exposed to the elements while enduring physical exertion. In the excitement of the adventure, we tend to forget or ignore that we generate significant heat, which if not...

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Relic Diseases in the Dust: Beware of Digging Deeper

Article from January, 2011

When Lord Carnarvon, the financial partner of famed Egyptologist, Howard Carter, died shortly after the opening of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, some close to the project were quick to attribute his demise to a “mummy’s curse.” Frighteningly romantic as such notion may be, Carnarvon actually died of an infected mosquito bite, his immune system...

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Hot Stuff!

Article from January, 2011

You have read repeatedly in this column that medical preparation for an expedition is key to minimize medical problems. However, one of the least planned for but most distressing injuries sustained in the field is a burn. Burns can be caused by chemicals, electricity, or radiation but most burns in the field are caused by high heat sources that produce...

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