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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 42

of 'High altitude disease: Unique pediatric considerations'

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Wilderness Medical Society consensus guidelines for the prevention and treatment of acute altitude illness.
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Luks AM, McIntosh SE, Grissom CK, Auerbach PS, Rodway GW, Schoene RB, Zafren K, Hackett PH, Wilderness Medical Society
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Wilderness Environ Med. 2010;21(2):146. Epub 2010 Mar 10.
 
To provide guidance to clinicians about best practices, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) convened an expert panel to develop evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). These guidelines present the main prophylactic and therapeutic modalities for each disorder and provide recommendations for their roles in disease management. Recommendations are graded based on the quality of supporting evidence and balance between the benefits and risks/burdens according to criteria put forth by the American College of Chest Physicians. The guidelines also provide suggested approaches to the prevention and management of each disorder that incorporate these recommendations.
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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. aluks@u.washington.edu
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