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Basic First Aid Skills-Identifying and Addressing Altitude Sickness

Monday, October 10th, 2016

thinkstock_people-with-dog-hikingMountain sickness is an illness that can affect mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, or travelers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). On your next trip to the mountains, be sure to watch yourself and your companions for signs of altitude sickness as you travel to higher elevations.

Taken from Adventure Medical Kits’ Wilderness & Travel Medicine Guide, By Dr. Eric A. Weiss

What causes Altitude Illness or Mountain Sickness? Altitude Illness is a direct result of the reduced barometric pressure and concentration of oxygen in the air at high elevations. The lower pressure makes the air less dense, so each time we breathe each inhalation contains fewer oxygen molecules and the body begins to feel deprived resulting in headaches, shortness of breath, weakness and nausea.

Basic First Aid Skills- How to Treat a Blister

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Basic First Aid Skills- How to Treat a Blister

Taken from Adventure Medical Kits’ Wilderness & Travel Medicine Guide, By Dr. Eric A. Weiss

Did you know blisters are one of the most common injuries in the outdoors? Within hours a small rub in your boots can turn into a painful blister. However, with a few basic preventions tricks and early treatment you can protect your feet and keep a blister from interrupting your adventure.

Blister Prevention and Treatment

Prevention-

Eliminate as many of these contributing factors as possible:

10 Essentials Every Hiker Should Carry

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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Headed out on a hike or even a multi-day backpacking adventure? Make sure you plan ahead for emergencies. We’ve assembled a list of the key items you should make room for in your pack.

While it may seem silly to carry them on your short hike, you’ll be grateful for these aids when you might need them.

 

 

 

 

 

The Essential List:

The most important thing you can pack before any adventure is knowledge. Know your abilities, know the area you are traveling and know the weather.

My Dog Got Sprayed by a Skunk! Now what do I do?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Adventure Dog Series-Your Guide to Dog First Aid and Other Dog Disasters

Adventuring is always more fun with a dog in tow. You know your buddy loves adventure just as much as you do. Sometimes, unknowingly, our best buddies can put themselves at risk. Follow our posts for first aid tips and how to’s. Your dog will thank you!

My Dog Got Sprayed by a Skunk! Now what do I do?

Taken from Dr. Sid Gustafson, DVM  (Author of Canine Field Medicine and a consultant for Adventure Medical Kits’ Adventure Dog Kits

What do I do if my dog runs through a barbwire fence and his leg is bleeding?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Adventure Dog Series-Your Guide to Dog First Aid

Adventuring is always more fun with a dog in tow. And you know your buddy loves the adventure just as much as you do. Yet even tough dogs can get injured out on the trail. Will you know how to take care of your four legged friend? Follow our posts for first aid tips and how to’s. Your dog will thank you! Woof!

What do I do if my dog runs through a barbwire fence and his leg is bleeding?

3 Useful & Life Saving Items You Should Take On Your Next Adventure

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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3 Insanely Useful & Life Saving Items You Should Take On Your Next Adventure

So you are heading out to explore the Allagash Wilderness of Maine, backpacking in the Sierras or mountain biking an old logging road. You’ve got the gear packed and the posse assembled, but have you thought about the fact that you’ll be 20 miles from a road? That means your crew will be depending upon each other in case something goes down.

Going with the Flow: Adventure Medical Kits Goes to Morocco

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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By Adventure Medical Kits’ Ambassador Kim Havell

Adventures don’t always go as planned. In our case, Mother Nature dictated our predicament. Our team was heading to Morocco on a ski expedition from mid-March until early April but the skies were being temperamental. Three weeks before we were set to depart, the Central High Atlas Mountains, a 5-hour drive east of Marrakesh, were hit with a 3-meter storm. We had high hopes. But, the days of African solar power that followed ate away at the new snow and the base and left us with little choice but to change plans a few days before departure.

What’s the Difference between a Space® Blanket and a Heatsheets® Emergency Survival Blanket?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

When a company is the first to bring a new product concept to market, the brand name can become so well known that it becomes synonymous with the product itself. Xerox® did it when it invented the copier, Kleenex® did it with tissues, and Band-Aid® is known the most for bandages. In the outdoor industry, some might consider the “Space® Blanket” brand to have managed this same feat.

While the Space® brand may be the name people use to refer to this line of products, there are remarkable differences between the Space® brand blankets and AMK’s line of Heatsheets® Emergency Blankets.

Repost: Letter from Customer

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Original post from z-medica: http://hub.z-medica.com/StopBleedingFastBlog/bid/236528/Letter-from-Customer

Orginally posted:  Posted by Christina Guman on Wed, Oct 24, 2012

I’m a municipal law enforcement officer from New England and have attended some great classes put on by Dark Angel Medical and QuikClot.

I had an extra Combat Gauze pack in my kit and gave it to a friend a few weeks ago who is a registered Maine guide/Kayak guide and hospital Rad Tech.

Gear Junkie Touts Breathable SOL Escape Bivvy in Top 10 Gear List

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Though our new SOL Escape Bivvy won’t hit store shelves until January 2012, the product continues to receive major awards from leading outdoor interest media. The most recent plaudits come courtesy of prominent outdoor gear blog, the Gear Junkie, which included the Escape Bivvy in its 2011 “Top 10 Gear List”.

The Bivvy also received a 2011 “Best in Show” award — recognizing the most innovative gear that debuted at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show — from the Gear Junkie in August and a Fall/Winter 2011 “Gear of the Year” nod from National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Here’s what the Gear Junkie had to say about the SOL Escape Bivvy, following a thorough field test of the product earlier this fall: