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Medical mountain rescue in the Mont-Blanc massif.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10560308     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Because of its peculiar geographic location beneath Mont-Blanc, the Chamonix Hospital plays an important role in the management of mountaineering- and skiing-related traumatic injuries. The authors, thanks to the study of 5200 mountain rescue medical reports, set out to explain the different aspects of this activity: epidemiology, specific equipment, care in the field, reception and primary survey, dispatching, common therapeutic attitudes, progress, and results. In the dangerous environment of the high mountains, emphasis is put on the physicians' experience, allowing an early evacuation in the best conditions to the hospital. Diagnosis at the scene of the accident is very basic, and the initial treatment is based on immobilization, analgesia, and sedating. In the case of resuscitation, only the vital maneuvers are performed; these actions are carried on during the short flight and improved in the crash rooms. Finally, different specific pathologies are mentioned, including cold- or heat-related injuries, exhaustion, lightning strikes, and mountain sickness.
B Marsigny; F Lecoq-Jammes; E Cauchy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Wilderness & environmental medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1080-6032     ISO Abbreviation:  Wilderness Environ Med     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-03     Completed Date:  1999-12-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505185     Medline TA:  Wilderness Environ Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  152-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Emergency Unit, Chamonix Hospital, France.
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MeSH Terms
Mountaineering / injuries*
Rescue Work*
Transportation of Patients
Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology

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