The fact is that soft tissue injuries, such as abrasions, lacerations, and puncture wounds are very common.  We have all had these sorts of injuries at one time or another, and most of the time they are simply a nuisance, easily remedied with a little tender loving care, soap and water, and a Band-aid. But, it’s not always quite that easy. Even a simple wound, if not managed properly, can turn into a potentially life-threatening infection.

When working in disaster response, medical mission relief, wilderness medicine, or remote medicine, the skills of wound management are of critical importance. The wound may be a small abrasion on the knee that simply needs a good scrubbing to clean it out or a large, jagged laceration caused by the slip of a chainsaw, resulting in a deep gash, that is bleeding profusely, and full of bark, dirt, and oil. Regardless, any and all soft tissue injuries need proper attention to facilitate healing and, more importantly, to minimize the risk of a serious infection.


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Geo Medic Course

November/December 2010  ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 23 Number 6


Extended Care Emergency Medicine and Remote Medicine

for Missionary, Disaster, and Relief Medical Personnel

February 2 – 11, 2011


The world of emergency medicine is designed around the Golden Hour. This is the one hour that it takes for response, extrication, treatment, and transport of an ill or injured patient to a nearby definitive care facility. Most emergency medical training focuses on these principles of rapid assessment and treatment. But, what happens when the emergency care extends beyond this Golden Hour, into the arena of extended care, or even longer, into remote care?

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Teaching WFR in Africa

May/June 2008 ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 21 Number 3

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A Brief History of Wilderness Medicine

January/February 2002 ISSN-1059-6518 Volume 15, Number 1

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