Scotty Has the HelmWhile certainly a fan of the original Star Trek series, I would not call myself a “Trekkie” or “Trekker,” but I think the title for this note seems appropriate. You see, this will be my final Editor's Note, as I have decided to step down as Editor-in-Chief for Wilderness & Environmental Medicine at the end of 2010. After 10 years in this role, I have decided that the time has come for me to pursue new endeavors in the waning years of my career—endeavors that will require a substantial amount of time and effort, and will not allow me the time to give the Journal the full focus it deserves.
Changes“When you're finished changing, you're finished.”Ben Franklin With this, the first issue of 2010, I announce several important changes for the Journal. First, this issue is the inaugural issue published by our new publisher, Elsevier. For the last 12 years, Wilderness & Environmental Medicine has been published by Allen Press. In early 2009, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Board of Directors made the decision to make a move to Elsevier based on several novel features and opportunities they offer.
Snake Antivenom Product Guidelines in India: “The Devil is in the Details”Venomous snakebite continues to exact a tremendous toll in human suffering and mortality in India. Contributing to this problem is the fact that all of the current Indian snake antivenom manufacturers include a great deal of misinformation in the package inserts and guidelines that accompany their products. Examples include erroneous recommendations regarding first aid, misleading information regarding the signs and symptoms to be anticipated after Indian snakebite, and misleading and ambiguous recommendations as to initial dosing and repeat dosing of antivenom.