Doors open to mountain medicine cabinet

Posted by Tina Gardner on 04/12/2009

The BMC has come to the aid of trekkers, climbers and mountaineers by launching our new online resource full of expert medical advice on keeping fit and healthy in the mountains.

The launch coincides with a new intake of 30 active climbing doctors to the ever expanding UIAA University of Leicester Diploma of Mountain Medicine at Plas y Brenin (the national mountain centre in Snowdonia) and with the High Altitude Medical Symposium taking place today (4 December) in Birmingham.

The BMC’s team of medical advisors has been busy bringing together a wealth of advice and information that caters for people all levels of experience in the mountains. Whether you're looking for advice on finger injuries or altitude sickness, the BMC has the answers.

David Hillebrandt, Medical Advisor to the BMC says: “The site is packed full of potentially life-saving advice and acts as a portal to external information sources. Whether you’re an experienced climber or a novice embarking on your first trek, you’ll find lots of relevant information and advice.”

The website includes advice and guidance on:
• what to do in mountain incidents
• climbing injuries and injury prevention
• travelling at high altitude
• nutritional considerations
• frostbite – how to avoid it and how to treat it
• specific guidance for Kilimanjaro trekkers
• accessing the Medex network of doctors for personal advice

Included in the helpful resources are:
• accident report forms to download and keep in your first aid kit
• a series of mountain medicine advice sheets produced by the UIAA (the international body for mountaineering)
• a list of essential websites, courses and books for mountain medicine
• a free downloadable Medex booklet – Travel at High Altitude

The site helps to answer questions such as:
• How tight is too tight when it comes to climbing shoes?
• Can I take my child to high altitude?
• What should I do if I get a tick?

Visit the new medical section
 



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Where can I obtain a free download of a useful accident form with witness statements attached?

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