A brief guide to altitude sickness

Planning an expedition or travelling to high altitude in the coming weeks or months? The UIAA Medical Commission's guide to altitude sickness provides some key advice. What is altitude sickness? Altitude sickness is an "umbrella term” and includes 3 components: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) which is essentially...

UIAA Medical Commission: Zika Viral Infection

The UIAA Medical Commission has released a new recommendation dedicated to the current outbreak of the Zika Viral Infection. The document charts the background of the disease, its relevance to climbers and mountaineers and presents the UIAA Medical Commission’s current advice. To download the document please click...

Update: UIAA Medical Commission annual meeting

Medical Commission members in Greece The UIAA Medical Commission had its annual meeting on the island of Kalymnos, which included the opportunity for attendees to climb its immaculate limestone crags. Commission President Dr. David Hillebrandt reported that two-day meeting included one-day discussion Medical Commission business and the...

Popularity of Diploma of Mountain Medicine growing

"The Diploma of Mountain Medicine has come a long way," says UIAA Medcom President Dr. David Hillebrandt Twenty years ago, the UIAA, International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) and International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM) agreed on a common syllabus combining mountain and medical skills to...

How to prevent Legionella infections in mountain huts

The UIAA Medical Commission has published practical advice targeted at operators of mountain huts to prevent Legionella infections. The expert panel of doctors specialising in mountain medicine decided to investigate the subject following the death of a Spanish climber in Italy in 2009 due to a...

Updates to Diploma in Mountain Medicine

The widely respected qualification, Diploma in Mountain Medicine, was the focus of a joint meeting on August 8 of the UIAA Medical Commission, the International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM) and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR). Dr David Hillebrandt, Vice President, UIAA Medical Commission, wrote...

Hepatitis/HIV risk for climbers?

What is the risk of blood-borne infections being transmitted to climbers? The UIAA Medical Commission attempts to answer this vital question in its latest advice paper. “Sustaining cuts, abrasions or lacerations, typically on the fingertips in contact with holds, is a common occurrence in climbing,” say...