Apr 16, 2019
As we head into a busy travel season increasing numbers of our patients and families are venturing to high altitude to partake in activities such as sight-seeing, hiking and climbing.
Children who travel to high altitude are at risk for developing some form of acute altitude illness and will seek advice from their primary care physician before traveling.
In today’s episode we talk to Christine Ebert-Santos, MD to unpack what we know and what we don’t about children residing at or visiting high altitude and how you can provide anticipatory guidance to your patients and families.
Dr. Ebert-Santos is a pediatrician at the Ebert Family Clinic in Summit County, Colorado. Summit County is comprised of mountainous elevations ranging from 7,957 feet (2,425 m) at Green Mountain Reservoir to 14,270 feet (4,350 m) at Grays Peak. The elevation of the county seat of Breckenridge is 9,602 feet (2,927 m), making it one the highest cities in the state of Colorado and the United States.