Alpine Rescue & Mountain Emergency Medicine

Welcome to the Homepage of ICAR MEDCOM

SARS CoV-2 or CoViD-10
This pandemic affects everyone around the world, and our members are working hard on ICU and in the ED, in ambulatories and offices, in the prehospital setting on ambulances and helicopters to try and manage this disease.
Some are happy to share infos from their hospitals, flowcharts and publications. We are collecting these on www.alptrauma.de and are happy for you to use this info.


ICAR MedCom is an international panel of experts on mountain emergency medicine, consisting of delegates from the ICAR member organisations.

Our work mainly consists of research into and improvement of mountain emergency medicine in a professional mountain rescue environment. Besides this ICAR MedCom's task is to set internationally applicable standards for education and training as well as medical guidelines in mountain rescue medicine. This knowledge shall be transfered to our member organisations and into the world of mountain rescue and mountain emergency medicine.

The ICAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue) consists of a medical, an air-rescue, an avalanche and a terrestrial commission as well as a sub-commission for dog handlers. The main website and information on the work of the other commissions can be found on www.alpine-rescue.org.

We, the Medical Commission (MEDCOM) provide information on our work on these pages.

Please visit our medical recommendations for guidance on elected chapters of Mountain Emercency Medicine.

Enjoy the browse!

Current News

    Due to SARS-CoV-2 and the current pandemic our next meetings had to be cancelled or postponed:

  • The ISMM World Congress in Interlaken (June 2020) has been postponed. The new dates have not been set yet. https://ismm2020.org/

  • The ICAR MedCom Spring Meeting that was planned to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand ( April 16-19 2020) has been cancelled due to the SARS CoVid-19 pandemic.


  • The ICAR General Assembly 2020 will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece from 13-17 October 2020