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What to expect working as a doctor at a high-altitude aid post


Systermans, BJ and Stokes, S, What to expect working as a doctor at a high-altitude aid post, High Altitude Medicine and Biology, 20, (4) pp. 325-330. ISSN 1527-0297 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1089/ham.2019.0052


Over the past 40 years, in an attempt to reduce the morbidity and mortality of altitude illness, a number of volunteer-run, seasonal aid posts have been established at mountain ranges across the world. As each aid post is designed for the local population and tourists at hand, the range of problems seen and services offered vary accordingly. Although each clinic differs on its funding model, the services it offers, how it is staffed, and the interventions available, there are key similarities between each of these clinics. For physicians preparing to travel from their home country to volunteer at such aid posts, there are important preparations that need to be made before embarking on such endeavors. This article describes how to prepare for such work, what to expect, and some of the challenges that one might face.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aid post, high-altitude clinic, volunteering
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical physiology
Research Field:Cell physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Systermans, BJ (Mr Brenton Systermans)
ID Code:151552
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-08-01
Last Modified:2022-09-20

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