Research Article| Volume 17, ISSUE 2, P138-142, March 1986

Casualties on Everest—an evacuation problem

  • Richard N. Villar
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    Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, UK
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      A recent attempt to climb Mount Everest was foiled due to avalanche. This incident resulted in five casualties occurring at 21 000 ft (6400 m) above sea level and 400 miles (643 km) from the nearest hospital. The problems encountered in their resuscitation and evacuation are discussed and recommendations made to avoid similar difficulties in the future.
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