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Column Editor: Lainey Yu, DO, MS, FAWM, DiDMM 


Don't Risk Your Vision: Watching A Solar Eclipse Safely

David Gordon, MS3Samuel Goldstein, MS3
March 18, 2024

On April 8th, a Total Solar Eclipse will cross North America

Navigating Hidden Danger

Sarah Spelsberg MD, FAWM, FEWM Grace Mensink
March 9, 2024

Amidst record snowfall, another ski resort tree well fatality

Rare Death from Gila Monster Bite Caused by Illegal Pet in Colorado

Xyruz Villariz, MS, OMS-II
March 4, 2024

Despite their toxic venom, fatalities from Gila monster bites are exceedingly rare

FDA Approves Iloprost for Frostbite

Sheri Li, MD, PGY-2
February 23, 2024

The first medication approved for these injuries in the US

Avalanche Strikes California’s Largest Ski Resort

Madelynn Corda, OMS-3
January 15, 2024

Resulting in one death and three injuries

The Record-Breaking Rise of Dengue

Xyruz Villariz, MS, OMS-II
January 3, 2024

Health authorities and governments are sounding the alarm as dengue fever spreads at an unprecedented rate

Mt Marapi Erupts

Kaitlyn Votta, MD
December 13, 2023

11 hikers killed and dozens more injured

Climber Stuck in Indian Creek

Pharibe Pope, MS-III, University of Maryland School of Medicine
November 7, 2023

A Case for wilderness analgesia and anxiolytics

American Caver Evacuated from Turkey Cave 10 Days after Developing Life-Threatening Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Lainey Yu, DO, MS, FAWM
September 12, 2023

Mark Dickey became ill during a caving expedition inside Morca cave

Lost at Sea

Sheri Li, MD, PGY-2
September 5, 2023

Tales from two open water rescues

Feathers, Fangs, and Fumbles

Sarah Spelsberg MD, FAWM, FEWM
August 18, 2023

The unbelievable hawk versus snake versus human showdown

Man Succumbs to Heat Illness in Death Valley National Park

Elaine (Lainey) Yu, DO, MS, FAWM
July 25, 2023

71-year-old Steve Curry died on the afternoon of July 18

Submersible Titan Vessel Implodes in North Atlantic Ocean

J. Austin Martin, MSGH, AWLS, OMS-IV, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
June 29, 2023

The vessel was carrying five individuals and was en route to observe the Titanic shipwreck

Heat Related Death in the Big Bend National Park

Heather Fullerton, MD, FAWM
June 27, 2023

The lower elevations of the park are known for extreme heat

EM Physician Recruited to NASA’s CHAPEA Mission to Mars Simulation

Brian Laverentz, DO, PGY-I
May 22, 2023

Dr. Nathan Jones will be participating in NASA’s preparation for an eventual manned mission to Mars

American Climber Dies on Everest

Pharibe Pope, MSII
May 8, 2023

On Monday, May 1, Dr. Jonathan Sugarman died at Camp II of Mount Everest

Fatal Ice Climbing Accident in Utah

Sheri Li, MD, PGY-1
April 12, 2023

An ice climbing accident in Utah on April 2nd took the life of Meg O’Neill, a vibrant member of the local climbing community

Shark Bite Surprises Unsuspecting Body Surfer in Florida

Rachel Chauvin, OMS-III
March 27, 2023

The overall likelihood of being bitten by a shark remains extremely low

Snorkeling is Riskier Than You Think

Brian Laverentz, DO, PGY-I
February 28, 2023

High rates of snorkel related drowning in Hawaii

Utah Ski Patroller Fatal Ejection from Chairlift

Chelsea McAuslan, MS-III
January 31, 2023

A ski patroller was fatally ejected from a chair lift

Trends in SOS Incidents from Satellite Communication Devices

Jeff Thurman, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, FAWM
December 7, 2022

Increasingly, outdoor recreationalist have turned to carrying satellite communication devices

What’s Lurking Under the Water: A Cautionary Tale of a Brain-eating Amoeba

Sheri Li, MD, PGY-I
December 7, 2022

N. fowleri is an amoeba that is known to live in warm, fresh waters

Importance of Trail Safety Education for All Fitness Levels

Gabriela Ryan, MA, DO Candidate
December 7, 2022

Recent trail runner disappearances and deaths

Flash Flooding Devastates the US Southwest

Lindsay Davis, DO, MPH PGY-II
August 30, 2022

Lightning Kills NOLS Backpacker While Inside His Tent

Lainey Yu, DO, MS, FAWM
August 13, 2022

Recent Floods in Eastern Kentucky

Rachel Chauvin, OMS-III
July 29, 2022

A torrential downpour and the resulting 1000-year flood...

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