Introduction to Polar Medicine: Part Two

Lectures
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In this lecture, Renée continues her engaging introduction to polar medicine, focusing on the various health issues that can arise during expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Building upon the topics covered in Part 1, she discusses the importance of skin care, including the prevention and treatment of polar thigh, sunburn, and trench foot. She also explores the management of eye conditions, such as photokeratitis, and dental concerns that may arise in the challenging polar environment.

Throughout the lecture, she emphasises the significance of maintaining proper hygiene to prevent gastrointestinal infections and highlights the nutritional considerations for polar expeditions, drawing on historical examples from pioneering explorers. The video also delves into the mental health aspects of polar travel, including the potential for depression, anxiety, and motivation difficulties, as well as the unique challenges faced by women in terms of menstrual changes and sexual health.

By the end of this video, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the diverse health issues that can impact individuals in polar regions and the strategies for preventing, identifying, and managing these concerns. Her insights will provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure the well-being of expedition participants in these extreme environments.

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Length: 38m
Categories: Lectures

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lecture, participants should be able to:

1. Recognise the importance of skin care in polar environments and describe the prevention and treatment strategies for conditions such as polar thigh, sunburn, and trench foot.

2. Identify common eye conditions, such as photokeratitis, that can occur in polar regions and discuss appropriate management techniques.

3. Discuss the potential dental concerns that may arise during polar expeditions and outline preventive measures and treatment options.

4. Understand the significance of maintaining proper hygiene to prevent gastrointestinal infections in the polar setting.

5. Appreciate the nutritional considerations for polar expeditions and the historical lessons learnt from pioneering explorers.

6. Recognise the mental health challenges that can arise during polar travel, including depression, anxiety, and motivation difficulties, and discuss strategies for addressing these concerns.

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