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Monday, April 25, 2011

Illness and Injury in the Wilderness

Posted on April 25th, 2011 by Leon in Leon's Blog

The question is “What am I preparing for?”  There are five broad categories that capture most situations where a person may have to “survive” until rescued or until the weather conditions improve and the individual can rescue themselves.

The categories are: Becoming lost, being caught out after dark, becoming stranded, becoming ill or injured and unable to proceed and bad weather that makes continuing on dangerous. This article will look at the fourth of these situations, “injury and illness.”

by Peter Kummerfeldt

As I have analyzed stories of survivors and the survival situations they found themselves in I have come to the conclusion that there are two underlying causes for the difficulties the survivors experienced.

First: There appears to be a lack of understanding of the physiological threats to the human body and the body’s reaction to the threats.

Second: Survivors, lacking specific survival training, appropriate clothing and survival equipment are left to cope with the situation as best they can relying on their will-to-survive, their ability to improvise and luck!  Not a good situation.

This article will look at some of the physiological threats to the body and suggest ways to minimize the impact of the threats.

Disabling illnesses include hypothermia, dehydration, illnesses associated with going too high altitude too quickly and any other illnesses that limit a person’s ability to survive.  These same illnesses can result in a person becoming incapacitated to the point where they can’t help themselves and only outside intervention will prevent a tragedy from occurring.

To read the rest of Peter's article go here.

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