Tour operators should tell clients about potential risks of adventure holidays

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7344.1040/a (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1040
  1. Fiona Bellis (fionnbellis@hotmail.com), specialist registrar in accident and emergency medicine
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Torbay Hospital, Torquay TQ2 7AA

    EDITOR—Increasingly, tour operators are offering adventure holidays in remote mountainous regions of the world (often at high altitude) where local medical facilities are scarce to inexperienced travellers. Some companies provide their own medically trained staff, but they may rely on doctors on holiday with the group to provide help.

    Acute mountain sickness is common and when inappropriately treated potentially fatal. Twice in the past year, while on holiday, I have treated other group members with moderate to severe …

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