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This article describes a private initiative in which professional Swiss rescuers, based at the foot of the Matterhorn, trained Nepalese colleagues in advanced high altitude helicopter rescue and medical care techniques. What started as a limited program focused on mountain safety has rapidly developed into a comprehensive project to improve rescue and medical care in the Mt Everest area for both foreign travelers and the local Nepalese people.

Original publication




Journal article


Wilderness Environ Med

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177 - 181


emergency medicine, public health, rescue work, wilderness medicine, Aircraft, Altitude, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medicine, Hospitals, Humans, Mountaineering, Nepal, Rescue Work, Wilderness Medicine