AS AN EXPEDITION physician, one of my main responsibilities is pre-planning for medical emergencies. Depending on where my team is going, I research the condition of local airstrips, what types of evacuation aircraft can land on their runways, and whether local roads are drivable.
Knowing the conditions of local hospitals, the capabilities of local health care providers and the availability of equipment is vital should someone require advanced medical care.
You don’t need to be an expedition doctor to start thinking about what you would do in the event that you need serious medical treatment, however. Consider the following: