Of these, 11 had to be excluded because they were marketing other operators’ tours, had ceased trading, or were not based in the UK. Those operators that were included in our criteria (30) were contacted initially by an e-mail asking whether they carried acetazolamide, dexamethasone,
or nifedipine on expeditions Microtubule Associated inhibitor to Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, or EBC. Those who did not reply were contacted once more by e-mail and then by telephone. Five operators could not be contacted. Of the operators who replied (25), 21 ran expeditions to Kilimanjaro, 11 ran expeditions to Aconcagua, and 16 ran expeditions to EBC (Table 1). Of the 48 expeditions, 26 carried acetazolamide (54%), 22 carried dexamethasone (46%), and 19 carried nifedipine (40%). Out of 25 operators, 12 operators (48%) did not carry any of the medications included in this study, 8% carried one medication (acetazolamide), 4% carried two medications (dexamethasone and acetazolamide), and 40% carried all three medications. For the first time this study highlights the large number of operators who do not take any medications to manage high altitude illnesses on commercial expeditions. Our results show that 48% of commercial operators did not carry acetazolamide, dexamethasone, or nifedipine in their medical kits. From the replies to our study
we came across a number of reasons why commercial operators did not do
this. First, many companies Selleck Enzalutamide commented that their expedition leaders were not trained or legally allowed to administer these drugs: We are not doctors and the drugs acetazolamide, dexamethasone and nifedipine are all prescription drugs which are highly controlled by the USFDA. Any commercial guiding companies that use these drugs are doing so illegally. It was clear that the threat of legal repercussions STK38 was a common concern among many commercial operators. Instead, many preferred to encourage their clients to seek the assistance of their own family doctor, or if they become sick, to assist them in obtaining appropriate medical care: We would expect customers to approach their GP for guidance in this field and gain their own medication if required. The WMS and UIAA strongly recommends the use of life-saving medications., However, it is essential that expedition leaders are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of AMS, HACE, and HAPE and are able to safely administer life-saving medications. Common sense suggests that appropriate use of these drugs may save lives and the risks of taking the drugs are likely to be outweighed by the benefits. Should operators decline to make these drugs available to their clients there is scope for an allegation of negligence.