Sunday, 10 December 2017

Altitude Medicine

Last weekend I attended the AGM and Conference of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML). It was good to meet up with old friends and new, and see a large collection of experienced, professional fellow International Mountain Leaders. Lots of Continuing Professional Development workshops were on offer, and I was pleased to assist Dr Jon Dallimore  (also an IML and doctor!) with a workshop on high altitude medicine and cold injuries. We had a real mixture of experience in the group, from those who had never been higher than the European Alps (fair enough, they are amazing!), to IMLs that had summited 8000m peaks. We had a good division of practical and theoretical sessions, including how to use a Gamow bag---these are increasingly taken by groups trekking and mountaineering to high altitiudes, and provide an extra tool for temporary emergency treatment of the serious forms of high altitude disease in particular: High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE).

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