This summer families, nature lovers and thrill seekers will head outdoors. While many may spend hours planning camping trips, researching hiking gear or picking out the perfect sleeping bag, few are likely to consider the potential health hazards that can arise on even an ordinary trip.
To help you prepare for those potential mid-adventure emergencies, Stanford Professor Paul Auerbach, MD, is responding to your questions about safety outdoors. He was a member of the Stanford medical team that provided assistance to survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a volunteer physician at the Hospitalito Atitlan in Santiago, Guatemala, and instructor and examiner for the Nepal Ambulance Service in Kathmandu, Nepal. A founder and past present of the Wilderness Medical Society, he was named a Hero of Emergency Medicine in 2008 by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Questions can be submitted to Auerbach by either sending a tweet that includes the hashtag #AskSUMed or posting your question in the comments section at Scope, published by the Stanford School of Medicine. This will run until Wed., June 13 at 5 pm.
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