Alpine Rescue & Mountain Emergency Medicine

News Archive 2020

Update 20.12.2020


A new ICAR MedCom Recommendation has been published by Dr. Günther Sumann et al:

Multiple trauma management in mountain environments - a scoping review

Evidence based guidelines of the International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine (ICAR MedCom). Intended for physicians and other advanced life support personnel

The recommendation has been published by the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine in December 2020.

Update 27.11.2020


A new ICAR MedCom Recommendation has been published by Dr. Corinna Schön et al:

Determination of Death in Mountain Rescue

The recommendation has been published by the Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal in October 2020.

Update 27.11.2020


ICAR MedCom Spring Meeting at Glenmore Lodge (Scotland) 2021 April 8-10th 

Due to the still unpredictable international travel regulations ICAR MedCom decided together with the organisers of the next spring meeting that it will not take place as planned in the beautiful Scottish Highlands in April 2021.

More information on alternative plans will follow. We envisage a meeting during the XIII. ISMM Meeting in Interlaken.

Stay healthy.

Update 27.10.2020

Hypothermia case report: Successful resuscitation from accidental hypothermia of 11.8°C

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg  : 2020 Nov 1;58(5):1091-1092. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezaa159

by Tomasz Mroczek, Marcin Gladki and Janusz Skalski 

This is an excellent case report of a 27 month old boy who underwent accidental hypothermia.

Please access the journal site for the article.


  © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved. 


Update 27.10.2020
2020 Virtual ICAR Congress : Did you miss the congress?

* all sessions available online now

Dear friends, 

if you missed part of the  2020 Virtual ICAR Congress or you would like to see a presentation again, you can view all the presentations if you follow this link:


Thanks to the ICAR partner Topograph Media, all the presentations were recorded and are available online.
For further updates and info please check the main ICAR website www.alpine-rescue.org

Update 25.09.2020
Mountain Rescue during the COVID-19 Outbreak - an Italian Approach

Our Colleagues from CNSAS have published their considerations and practical appraoch in a paper published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine

Massullo D, Fiorelli S, Rubcich P, Romano D, Facchetti G, Mountain Rescue During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Considerations and Practical Implications, Wilderness & Environmental Medicine

To read the entire article click here:


Update 16.09.2020
Long standing former ICAR MedCom Member Dr. Herbert Forster passed away

At the End of August our friend and former ICAR MedCom Member Dr. Herbert Forster passed away.

He will be missed among the Mountain Emergency Medicine Community.

To read the orbiturary click here.

Update 23.06.2020
The History of ICAR MedCom

Because we can look back at a truly unique and exciting development of the Medical Commission over the last 66 years (starting in 1954), we have published a historical review of the ICAR MedCom.

Take a ride back in history to discover how the ICAR MedCom has grown up to be what it is today....

Take me to the history


Meeting Postponed

The XIII ISMM World Congress in Interlaken has been postponed to 2021.

The ISMM World Congress in Interlaken which was supposed to be held from 2-5 June 2020 has been postponed.

The new dates have been set for 14-17 June 2021 in Interlaken, Switzerland. Please check the ISMM Congress website for regular updates.


Update 13.04.2020

COVID-19 Lung Injury is Not High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
A publication by Andrew M Luks et al
High Altitude Medicine and Biology

Dr Luks and colleagues clarify in this statement why there is a big distinction between HAPE and COVID-19 mediated lung injury and that one must not make a mistake in confusing these very different pathologies.

COVID-19 mediated lung injury has proven to be a heterogeneous disease in which patients present with varying degrees of hypoxemia, alterations in lung compliance and other physiologic derangements. In this challenging time, we must identify the best means to care for these critically ill patients. That approach should be grounded in sound pulmonary physiology, clinical experience and, when available, evidence from clinical studies. We must avoid propagation of erroneous theories and treatments with potentially deleterious consequences for patient care




ICAR MedCom Spring Meeting in Christchurch (New Zealand) 2020 April 16-19th 

Due to the CoVid-19 Outbreak and the international travel regulations as well as the need for our doctors, nurses, paramedics to stay at home and care for the patients in hospitals and intensive care and communities, we have to cancel the planned ICAR MedCom Spring Meeting in New Zealand.

More information on alternative plans will follow.

Stay healthy.

Update 25.03.2020

SARS CoV-2 or CoViD-19

This pandemic affects everyone around the world, and our members are working hard on ICU and in the ED, in ambulatories and offices, in the prehospital setting on ambulances and helicopters to try and manage this disease.
Some are happy to share infos from their hospitals, flowcharts and publications. We are collecting these on www.alptrauma.de and are happy for you to use this info.
SARS CoV-2 Info for medical personnel : www.alptrauma.de