Emergency care whilst abroad

Leggat, Peter A., and Shaw, Marc T.M. (2015) Emergency care whilst abroad. In: Zuckerman, Jane N., Brunette, Gary W., and Leggat, Peter A., (eds.) Essential Travel Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 301-309.

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Although illness makes up a considerable proportion of problems encountered by travelers abroad, accidents and injury are also a significant concern. It is important that travel health advisors discuss with travellers the importance of taking out travel insurance appropriate for their destination and activities and also for any pre-existing medical and dental conditions. They also need to discuss how to access emergency assistance through their travel insurance provider and other avenues for finding medical and dental care abroad. While Although travel insurance may provide assistance with hospitalizsation and arranging for medical transport, including aeromedical evacuation in some situations, it is also important that travellers are advised how to manage emergencies until medical assistance is sourced as well and how to deal with minor ailments and injuries abroad. To this end, the contents of a traveller's medical kit appropriate for their destination and activities and for their personal health should be discussed during a pre-travel consultation and travellers advised on the use of its contents, as well as in addition to being encouraged to ensure that someone in the travelling group has undertaken first aid training.

Item ID: 39191
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-118-59736-1
Keywords: travel health; medical emergencies; medication; travel insurance; travellers' medical kits
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 03:55
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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