Recreational backcountry travel has strongly increased over the last decade in general and based on restrictions for indoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic in particular.

Only in Europe, approx. 100 backcountry enthusiasts die in avalanche accidents each year. Due to the short time window available to safe the life of buried subject and avalanche patients, rescue skills and the medical assessment and treatment of the avalanche patient need to be well mastered by companion rescuer, guides and first responders in organized rescue.

Up to very recently, rescue and first aid were often seen as two strictly separate domains. AvaLife proposes a close integration of both disciplines towards the end of the excavation phase. AvaLife strictly focuses on avalanche specific issues, but provides in this discipline an all-encompassing protocol.

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Sven Christjar Skaiaa, MD, IFMGA, active mountain rescue physician for the 330 squadron air rescue helicopter system.