Posted by: old_user on Apr-04-07 2:12 PM (EST)
I had a backcountry partner who had anaphylactic-type allergies to almost everything. We had the training & blessing from our MD to carry vials of epinephrine, IV benadryl, IV cimetidine, and IV solu-medrol.
I wholeheartedly agree with CrossingLatitudes: if you're leading a trip--even informally--get the medical training. The farther afield you and your companions go, the higher the level of training should be. In fact, I'd even go one further and suggest that everyone get some sort of wilderness first aid training from NOLS, WMI or even the Scouts. When someone is critically injured or sick, trying to read the little manual in the first aid kit doesn't do much good! I once saw someone under stress administer an epi-pen upside-down so the medicine was painfully delivered into the palm of their hand. Ick.
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