Outdoor Emergencies and Injuries

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Physicians who teach and provide expertise on wilderness medicine throughout Connecticut
  • One of only 13 fellowship training programs in wilderness medicine in the United States
  • Providers of specialty care for patients evacuated during emergency situations

A hiking trip into the mountains or a kayaking adventure on a raging river can be inspiring and invigorating, but it’s important to be prepared in case of injury or illness.

Yale Medicine’s emergency department doctors are well-versed in caring for patients who’ve been hurt in the wilderness. Here, David Della-Giustina, MD—professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, emergency medicine residency program director and program director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship—offers tips on how to prevent a catastrophe.