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Doctor won’t see you now: changing paradigms in mountain medicine
  1. Piotr Szawarski1,
  2. David Hillebrandt2
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Wexham Park Hospital, Frimley Health Foundation Trust, Slough, UK
  2. 2UIAA Medcom, UIAA Medcom, Holsworthy, Devon, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Piotr Szawarski, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Wexham Park Hospital, Frimley Health Foundation Trust, Slough SL2 4HL, UK; piotr.szawarski{at}gmail.com

Abstract

The evolution in communication and digital technologies is revolutionising the practice of medicine. A physician is now able to oversee provision of healthcare at a distance. In this paper, we argue that practice of telemedicine is an essential and evolving aspect of high altitude and expedition medicine. We acknowledge the lack of international consensus, limited legislation as well as possible reservations towards telemedical practice. Given some unique social and medical aspects of participation in remote, high altitude expeditions we propose a number of guiding principles for those involved in provision of telemedical services for such endeavours.

  • altitude medicine
  • telemedicine
  • medical ethics

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Footnotes

  • Contributors PS conceived the idea for the manuscript. PS and DH contributed to writing the text.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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