University Health Care: Wilderness Medicine

But many people think that “nothing will happen” or they’re simply overconfident and misjudge the risk level of the activity.

Dr. Scott McIntosh, emergency medicine physician with University Health Care provides important information on what you need to know when you face the outdoors.


• Wilderness medicine and injury prevention has become a growing area of study. At University Health Care, they’ve instituted a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

• The emergency department at University Hospital serves the five-state Intermountain Region.

• The most common injuries are fractures, sprains and strains, and trauma to the head and neck. Most of the injuries are caused by a fall or because a person struck or was struck by an object.

3 Keys to Wilderness Injury Prevention

• Plan

• Prepare

• Anticipate Problem

Prevention Strategies

• Maintain fitness levels

• Know your own skill and experience – don’t exceed the limit

• Maintain and use proper equipment

• Carry a first aid kit and a 2-way radio

• Inform others of your plans before heading out

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