Keith Conover, M.D., FACEP
Professional/Personal Web Site
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Looking for my textbook, Appalachian Search and Rescue? It's at www.conovers.org/ftp/AppSAR
One of the four founders of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, Keith Conover is writing a textbook called Appalachian Search and Rescue (AppSAR). AppSAR supports the ASRC's Training Standards and Training Guide as a reference. AppSAR documents the "ASRC way" for many techniques, such as the ASRC Seat Harness, the ASRC's way of rotating litter bearers ,and rotating a 3-person rope team to make multi-pitch semi-tech evacs (low angle rope rescue) more effective.
Free online chapters are posted at http://www.conovers.org/ftp/AppSAR as they are completed, including .high-resolution PDFs for printing. The following are currently available:
makes angels of us all -- not in the Sunday school sense of being good or having wings,
but spirit freed from the flesh, capable of instant transportation anywhere.
Last revised: August 5, 2020. List below of the
changes; most recent is at the top with a listing for my new Appalachian Search and Rescue textbook. You might take a look at m blog ed-informatics.org. It's about emergency department informatics, but the topics are broad enough to be of interest to anyone working in an ED, and anyone interested in medical informatics or the usability of computer systems in general.
September 11, 2001: A dream, and some thoughts of a
political and religious nature. Do not attach yourself to any particular
creed exclusively, so that you may disbelieve all the rest; otherwise you will
lose much good, nay you will fail to recognize the real truth of the matter.
God, the omnipresent and omnipotent, is not limited by any one creed, for he
says, "Wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah" (Koran 2:109). Everyone
praises what he believes; his god is his own creature, and in praising it he
praises himself. Consequently he blames the beliefs of others, which he would
not do if he were just, but his dislike is based on ignorance."--Muid ad-Din
ibn al-Arabi (twelfth-century Iberian-born Islamic philosopher and theologian
related to the Sufi school)
||I am on the planning commission for the borough of
Carnegie, where I live. For the commission, I put together a brief essay on
|| The Law: a simple-minded, extremely
basic tutorial for those who have forgotten what they learned in high
Keith's Picks and Pans Now, more Teaching Company Podcast reviews.
ED Informatics Page
A PDF of my presentation
User Interaction Design and ED Workflow: A Worst-Case Scenario for Developers
Here you will find very old information about using personal
computers, including the (previously) world-famous "Keith and
Betty's Idiosyncratic Recommendations for Personal Computers and Software." Also
an article on remapping the Control, Alt, CapsLock and other keys on
||Emergency Medicine Page
Emergency Medical Treatment And Labor
Act (EMTALA): a comprehensive reference for physicians. If you're looking
for my RSI (Rapid Sequence Intubation) or ACLS pocket cards, or my treatise
on ABGs, you can find them on the
Pittsburgh Mercy Health
System Emergency Departments' web site.
EMS and Wilderness EMS Page
Hypothermia Basics handout
Search and Rescue and Outdoor Page
My complete SAR/Disaster equipment list
Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Northern Virginia, Blackburn Trail Center
Powerpoint Presentation: Educational Objectives.
Personal Wilderness Medical Kit listing - make your own
The latest version of the Wilderness EMS Institute's Personal
Wilderness Medical Kit document -- with lots of notes helpful for making up
your own backcountry medical kit. If you are interested in making up your
own kit, you might be interested in my
Medical Kit list (also available on
Word format) and my
Emergency Kit list (also available in
Word format) Notes: as of the 2.8
update added a binky, two toys, and Kleenex; can you tell that we had a
small child? And if you don't think a lost binky is an emergency, you've probably never had kids. And, removed droperidol, as IM midazolam seems better in many
ways (10 mg for the average adult, need the concentrated 5 mg/cc for this);
changed the albuterol Rotohaler to a standard inhaler (can't get Rotohalers
any more) and added some reflective armbands (you can get them from rei.com)
for night walks along roads.
to Wales: Wilderness EMS and travel
A working holiday in Wales: the first WEMSI courses in the
of the past seven years, some of us from the U.S. have gone to the British
Isles for a week to help the Irish and British get started with WEMSI-style
Wilderness EMT and Wilderness Command Physician courses. The
sponsoring organizations have covered our airfare and food and lodging, but
we haven't been paid for this -- it's a volunteer effort. Others who
have helped in this include WEMSI staff and instructors Jack and Emily
Grandey, Don Scelza, Dr. Sam Chewning, and Owen Gormley.
Trip to Ireland Page: Wilderness EMS and Hillwalking
Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group
DKL Lifeguard Devices
The definitive word -- the Department of Justice's report -- after dissecting one, a
government lab found the LifeGuard devices's "dielectrokinetic" detector
circuits are nonfunctional.
Keith's Predictions Page.
For those interested in the neurobiology of consciousness.
With my Netscape bookmark.htm file with a massive number of good links.
Personal Page Now with baby and
sister's wedding pictures. Also a page on Style in the best sense of the word.
Curriculum Vitae Page
No longer under
construction, but clicking on this will get you to the Construction Notes page, including
how I migrated the copy of this Web on my personal computer from a pseudo-URL to just a
plain folder with FrontPage 97.
- 5/8/20: added links at the top to my new search and rescue textbook, Appalachian Search and Rescue.
- 3/10/13: I have been updating the Clothing Materials Table on a regular basis (won't post further notices about updates here) and added a new gallery of photos from when Betty, Laurel and I spent a week in October 2007 hiking the Appalachian Trail in Northern Virginia while staying at the Blackburn Trail Center.
- 8/22/11: Updated the Clothing Materials Table for the first time in a couple of years.
- 6/11/10 Added Pittsburgh South Hills Suburbs Orienteering Maps
- 9/3/07: Added Dr. Strong Lecture Notes
- 6/29/05: Added ATLS Spine
- 5/18/05: Added my presentation on User Interaction Design from the Medical Records Institute's TEPR 2005 Conference.
- 4/10/05: Added a new draft of the Task
- 2/21/05: Added an essay on Traffic
Calming, and a new SAR Gear list with pretty much everything I carry in my
truck for SAR and disaster operations. Of interest mostly to those who, like
me, are SAR people who aspire to be OCD (obsessive-compulsive) but never quite
- 1/13/05: Added some more Emergency Medicine Core Content notes and more Teaching Company
- August 18, 2004: Emergency Review of Street
Atlas 2005: will not handle multiple routes or multiple draw files.
- August 9, 2004: updated TAF on website
- March 31, 2004: added a tent stake comparison to the
Picks and Pans page.
- March 23, 2004: Added an article on the new
MiOx water purification device.
- February 2, 2004: Added Hypothermia Basics
- Revised Everyday Emergency
- June 10, 2003: new comprehensive reference on EMTALA posted
- February 26. 2003: Q and A on "paramedics
in the Hospital" for Pennsylvania
- February 10, 2003: Emergency Physician patches
available again, and added a tiny legal tutorial.
- February 5, 2003: even more new lightbulbs
available now from Philips!
- January 17, 2003: updated page on remapping of keys
via redefining them in the registry.
- January 6, 2003: added brief outline
for teaching basic wilderness first aid.
- December 22, 2002: brief review of
Franklin-Covey PlanPlus for Outlook.
- December 21, 2002: slight revision of Everyday Emergency Kit
- November 6, 2002: great new lightbulbs
available now from Philips!
- November 21, 2002: minor update of "Keith and
- November 8, 2002: first update of "Keith and Betty's Recommendations" in a
year! And some other minor updates, including the CV.
- October 27, 2002: minor update to
Clothing Materials document.
- October 17, 2002: few miscellaneous updates, added Emergency Medicine Core
Content lecture notes
- August 6, 2002: reformatted the home page using tables to make things a
bit neater, fixed the ED informatics icon that was hiding for some reason, and
made an addition to the section on keyboard remapping.
- July 31, 2002: added an article on EMTALA,
the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.
- July 16, 2002: review of Delorme Topo USA 4.0
- July 10, 2002: updated the discussion of Emergency
Portable Lighting for Hospital Disasters.
- July 7, 2002: updated the Clothing
Materials table, moved the Pennsylvania SAR Council Minutes Archive to a
- July 2, 2002: updated and expanded the discussion of halogen light bulbs
on the picks and pans page.
- June 24, 2002: added a draft document on Emergency Portable Lighting for Hospital Disasters
and revised the article on switching CapsLock, Control,
and Alt under Windows 2000 and XP.
- May 23, 2002: added a draft document on hospital ambulance diversion
- May 5, 2002: added a bit to the instructions on
syncing desktop, laptop and palm, and added some stuff on Teaching Company
tapes and halogen lightbulbs to Keith's Picks and
- Marcy 18, 2002. Added an old essay
on why hospitals should use the ICS.
- February 20, 2002: added information on how to remap CapLock,
Control, and Alt keys under Windows XP.
- February 14, 2002: old Pennsylvania SAR
Council Minutes up and available.
- February 9, 2002: some new pictures of our
- December 22, 2001: new information on using
Franklin Planner for Outlook, including the right way to use it as a
reasonable Task list, and how to sync your Palm-OS handheld between two PCs
both using synced versions of Franklin Planner for Outlook.
- November 29, 2001: new version of "Keith and
Betty's Recommendations" for computer stuff.
- November 12 2001: Just added a couple of links to various medical kit lists to this page.
- October 16, 2001: posted review of Street
- September 14, 2001: posted letter about the NY and DC
- August 6, 2001: more pictures of the new
house, and a new scanned and OCR'ed version of the ICS
I-100 Orientation to the Incident Command System (ICS)
- May 29, 2001: started new page on "Keith's Picks and Pans"
- May 27, 2001: updated Clothing Information Table again with the
new name for Malden Mill's Thermal Stretch fabric: Aqua Shell
(sometimes known as Aquashell).
- April 12, 2001: added section on Wilderness EMS history, with several
important historical documents.
- January, 2001: added one picture of new house to the Personal
- January, 2001: new page with Emergency Department Informatics information
- December, 2000: New version (11.0) of Keith and Betty's Recommendations: first
update in over a year.
- Updated the Clothing Materials table again (still), added some
information to the Style page on Eric Pirie's Polychrome Tartan Kilt, and a
bit more information there on the Little Holland House.
- November 16, 2000: updated Clothing Materials table, added
Patient Handout on Poison Ivy.
- September 27, 2000: added lots of new baby/hiking pictures, and a
Powerpoint presentation on educational objectives.
- August 26, 2000: updated the Clothing Materials comparison for the
$&%th time. Fixed some
of the more egregious errors.
- August 12, 2000: added a new Clothing Material Comparison to the
- May 21: new pictures and a slight revision of the Charcoal
Vest article, also now in PDF format.
- April 8, 2000: minor revision of Everyday
Emergency Kit and some new baby pictures
- March 31, 2000: added an updated version of the EMS DNR/Ceasing
- March 25, 2000: added some information on how to sync desktop and
laptop, particularly for Pegasus email using LapLink 2000.
- December 3, 1999: added WEMSI Personal Wilderness Medical Kit document
- December 2, 1999: minor edits to the Wales pages, and minor revision of
the Everyday Emergency Kit (H2 blocker instead of antacids).
- December 1, 1999: added page about November, 1999's first U.K.
WEMSI Wilderness EMT and Wilderness Command Physician courses.
- November 20, 1999: new version of Keith and Betty's Idiosyncratic
Recommendations for PCs and Software.
- October 11, 1999: new version of ASRC Bylaws.
- October 6, 1999: Laurel is three months old. New baby
- October 2, 1999: minor revision of Everyday Emergency Kit to add some
- August 25: more baby pictures and some minor edits.
- August 18, 1999: Added "Mini-OpsKit" list to Outdoor/SAR
- August 6, 1999: Everyday Emergency Kit revision, removed one IV
catheter and Compazine (Droperidol works for sedation, migraine, nausea),
added string for ring removal.
- July 31, 1999: more baby pictures and a new draft of the new
Pennsylvania SAR Council Task Assignment Form.
- July 7, 1999: added pictures of the new Laurel Conover and from my sister's
- June 30, 1999: Emergency Physician patches no longer available, new
Everyday Emergency Kit, minor edits.
- June 11, 1999: minor edits, new version of Everyday Emergency Kit.
- June 5, 1999: updated CV, moved some PSARC files to
- June 4, 1999: updated the Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group pages, added to
the Emergency Medicine page images of Emergency Physician patches, and a list for my
Everyday Emergency Kit.
- February 26, 1999: added an updated Charting Report Card document to the
Emergency Medicine page.
- February 20, 1999: minor edits and considerable restructuring of the DKL page.
(The last in a long time, I hope! Now maybe I can clean up the other parts of the
pages and post some new hiking pictures or something.).
- February 18,1999: added a link to the Department of Justice's definitive study
of the DKL LifeGuard.
- January 16, 1999: added my reply to the threatening letter from DKL's lawyer.
- January 14, 1999: added three reference cards to the Emergency Medicine pages
- October 16, 1998: minor edits to the DKL page.
- October 3, 1998: Added a few links to the DKL page.
- August 26, 1998: Over the past couple of days, added a lot, and did some
cleaning up, to the DKL LifeGuard page.
- August 24, 1998: Added a letter from DKL's lawyers to the DKL LifeGuard page.
- August 23, 1998: Added some information to the DKL LifeGuard page.
- August 1, 1998: added the Predictions page.
- July 29. 1998: updated version of "Keith and Betty's
Recommendations" and a link to the official Sandia Labs report about the DKL
- July 5, 1998: added a tiny bit to the Consciousness page.
- June 1998: added the "Standard Guide: Desisting from and Ceasing
Prehospital Resuscitation" draft
- May 1998: added some information to the top of this page about the DKL
- April 1998: added
- emails and letters to the FBI about the DKL LifeGuard matter.
- to the SAR/Outdoor page:
- "The Art of Search"
- a link to John Carnes' wonderful "1:24,000 Map Tools"
- to the EMS/Wilderness EMS page: an article on the Heatpac "Charcoal
Vest" or "Charcoal Sarong," the best hypothermia rewarming device I've
- many updates to the AMRG page.
- January 1998: added
- the Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group temporary home page
- a 1 Km ASRC Grid Template
- an updated version (8.3) of "Keith and Betty's Recommendations,"
- an updated version of my complete set of bookmarks, carefully checked and
- an updated CV.
- the Win95 "Shortcut" utility that I've found so useful
- the "Profusion" metasearch engine
- the Windows 95 version of the QFILER file manager
- December 4, 1997: added two pages of "the most important computer
abbreviations" in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat .pdf formats. I did this for the American
College of Emergency Physicians' Emergency Department Informatics Symposium -- it's mostly
useful for giving to those who are interested in learning about computers (sort of a
cyberspace phrase book).
- November 24, 1997: added "Latitude and Longitude Measuring Stick" to
- November 19, 1997: posted updated version (8.1) of Keith and Betty's Personal
Computer Recommendations; first update since July.
- September 2, 1997: added a memo and diagram about night shifts and circadian
rhythms to the Emergency Medicine page.
- July, 1997: Major revision of "Keith and Betty's Idiosyncratic
Recommendations for Personal Computers and Software" posted, also new CV and new
- May 23, 1997: added description of the ASRC uniform
- April 27. 1997: Added the "Pack it in, pack it out" sign to the
- April 22, 1997: added PDF files of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference
Bylaws and Training Standards, PSARC and NCRC Due Process Disciplinary Policies, and the
ASRC Pennsylvania Medical Policy.
- April 14, 1997: added the long-promised Adobe Acrobat files for the PA SAR
Council Forms packet and the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference Grid System
- April 10, 1997: had to scan some slides for an article on desert emergencies in
Emergency magazine (I didn't write it, just unofficially reviewed it and provided a
picture) so I added them to the Outdoor page: Great Sand Dunes National Monument, CO.
- May 9, 2105: NASA has developed a true LifeGuard that is saving lives in Nepal.
Electronic mail address; please send comments to me at this address, thanks.
k c o n o v e r @
p i t t . e d u
(note that spammers scan websites for email addresses, which is the reason
for the above format rather than a mailto link)
Web address (hint: you're here already)
412-232-8382 (Mercy Department of Emergency Medicine)