Health

An expeditioner has his blood pressure measured by a doctor.
Expeditioner as a patient during the doctor's monthly medicals (Photo: T. Taylor)

Antarctic expeditioners face an array of health risks, in addition to the normal 'everyday' health issues that they experience.

  • Have students research the main health risks that expeditioners face (hypothermia, frostbite, broken limbs, carbon monoxide poisoning, snow blindness, depression and low resistance to infection from new arrivals), and report to the class how they can be avoided, and how they can treated. See basic information on health care in the Antarctic. Role play a medivac (medical evacuation) of a seriously injured expeditioner from Antarctica, or a medical operation in Antarctica.
  • Read about the experiences of a doctor in Antarctica.
This page was last modified on January 23, 2014.