Questions tagged [medical-emergencies]

Speaking in The Great Outdoor's scope, a medical emergency is an injury that puts a person's life or long term health into an immediate risk. These emergencies may require assistance from another person, who should ideally be suitably qualified to do so.

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Had to drink untreated water: Any immediate action to avoid getting sick?

In the wilderness yesterday I ran out of water and did not think I could hike out safely at my level of hydration. Lacking a treatment method, I drank 1.5 liters of water directly out of a small, ...
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How do you remove a fishhook from a human?

If one is out fishing and someone gets a fishhook stuck in them, what are the different techniques for removing it?
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What are the first aid precautions to be taken in case of a snake bite?

I'll be trekking through a dense monsoon forest which has a sizable population of king cobras and vipers. I'll be at least 5 hours away by walk to the nearest human settlement and another 1-2 hours by ...
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What to do if one is bitten by a copperhead when alone

We have had questions about what to do if bitten by a rattlesnake, but this question, about copperheads specifically, is different because (a) copperheads are less deadly than rattlesnakes; and (b) ...
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Does two puncture wounds mean venomous snake?

The general internet knowledge says. If there is two puncture wounds it means you got bitten by the fangs of a venomous snake.
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How should you treat an open wound in the backcountry?

If someone were to get an open wound in the back country, say a knife slipped while cooking dinner and sliced the person, how would you treat that? We already have one question about using whiskey, ...
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Makeshift Stretchers

I recently read in a local organization report log that a group of inexperienced and stranded hikers gambled up a route and had to take a risky way down the hill. In the process, a guy got badly ...
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How to escape a cave in an emergency situation?

I have been doing a lot of cave climbing recently. So I am not talking about your average tourist cave, I talk about real miles deep labyrinth like caves, where nature never thought of humans getting ...
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Emergency use hydration products - effectivness vs cost

My medical kit already has some MRE style clean water bags, purification tablets, as well as OTC anti-diarrheal pills at the ready. However, now, I am researching what options there are for hydration ...
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Mimosa Pudica (touch-me-not) medicinal uses and edibility

I started reading about an interesting plant that is common around here called Mimosa Pudica, known as "touch-me-not" because of its leaves that close upon touching. It seems to be a plant with ...