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Designed as a field textbook for the NOLS wilderness first aid curriculum, this guide helps train outdoor leaders to prevent, recognize, treat common medical problems--make informed decisions about medical treatment and urgency of transport. A vital resource for outdoor enthusiasts, this book covers fundamental topics in first aid--patient assessment, shock, soft tissue injury, burns, fractures and dislocations, and chest, head, and abdominal injury. Learn how to handle environmental problems posed by heat, cold, water, altitude, and poisonous plants and animals. Details essential items and suggestions for packing a standard first aid kit. Also covers expedition medicine, leadership, teamwork, and communication for rescue groups. Being prepared for emergencies in the wild is an essential component of good outdoor leadership.

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