Wilderness medicine encompasses the illnesses and injuries encountered by people in austere and remote environments.
The scope of wilderness medicine combines traditional medical specialities, particularly emergency medicine, sports medicine, military medicine and general practice, with pre-hospital care and rescue skills. These environments pose unique medical challenges related to preparedness and prevention, extreme locations, evacuation difficulties, prolonged care, resource and personnel management and particular patterns of illness and injury.
- Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
- High altitude and Mountaineering medicine
- Heat and cold illness
- Tropical and Travel Medicine
- Expedition medicine
- Field craft and equipment
- Rescue and evacuation
- Sports medicine and physiology
- Preventative medicine, sanitation and hygeine
- Disaster and humanitarian assistance
- Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS
- Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS)
- Wilderness Medical Associates
- Remote Medical International
Wilderness medicine unites doctors, nurses and paramedics by their desire to use their medical skills as a passport for adventure and to continually challenge themselves professionally out of their comfort zone.