Acute Mountain Sickness

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1.00

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5

Release Date

5 Oct 2020

Expiration Date

17 Jul 2022

Last Reviewed

17 Jul 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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At higher altitudes, the decreased partial pressure of oxygen can cause several pathological presentations, including high altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema, and the more mild, but much more common acute mountain sickness (also referred to as altitude illness or altitude sickness). High altitude pulmonary edema and high altitude cerebral edema are both life-threatening emergencies requiring immediate treatment with prompt descent to lower altitude (or artificial high pressure environment). In contrast, acute mountain sickness can be prevented or managed with oral medication, and does not typically require prompt descent or oxygen supplementation. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of patients with acute mountain sickness and provides recommendations to preventing the condition. This activity highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for and counseling patients at risk for acute mountain sickness.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe how to prevent altitude sickness by modifying the rate of ascent.
  • Describe how to use acetazolamide for both prophylaxis and treatment of acute mountain sickness.
  • Describe the prognosis for patients with acute mountain sickness.
  • Identify interprofessional team strategies to coordinate care to more effectively prevent and treat acute mountain sickness.

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