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Wilderness-Telemedicine, a New Training Paradigm

Published:September 18, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wem.2022.06.001
      One aspect of advanced training in wilderness medicine is that experience in managing wilderness medical conditions can be difficult to acquire in training. Wilderness is defined by its lack of people, infrastructure, and resources. Those needing medical care in the wilderness are usually difficult to access. Additionally, patients with serious conditions in wilderness environments often first require search and rescue expertise,
      • Johnson L.
      An introduction to mountain search and rescue.
      a set of team-based skills and disciplines primarily devoted to patient location and transport. An informed evaluation and treatment of medical problems that arise in the wilderness clearly has the potential to save lives
      • Imray C.H.E.
      • Grocott M.P.W.
      • Wilson M.H.
      • Hughes A.
      • Auerbach P.S.
      Extreme, expedition, and wilderness medicine.
      and can be tremendously valuable for many reasons. However, in cases where an individual was not already part of the group, the chances that a wilderness medicine specialist and a patient requiring medical care in the wilderness will be in the same place at the same time are small.
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