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Wilderness Medical Society practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment of heat-related illness

Grant S Lipman, Kurt P Eifling, Mark A Ellis, Flavio G Gaudio, Edward M Otten, Colin K Grissom
Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2013, 24 (4): 351-61
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The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) convened an expert panel to develop a set of evidence-based guidelines for the recognition, prevention, and treatment of heat-related illness. We present a review of the classifications, pathophysiology, and evidence-based guidelines for planning and preventive measures as well as best-practice recommendations for both field- and hospital-based therapeutic management of heat-related illness. These recommendations are graded based on the quality of supporting evidence and the balance between the benefits and risks or burdens for each modality.

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