Keith Conover, M.D., FACEP
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Looking for my textbook, Appalachian Search and Rescue? It's at

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 as they are completed, including .high-resolution PDFs for printing. The following are currently available: 

Electricity 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.
--Edmund Carpenter

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 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 Traffic Calming.
The Law: a simple-minded, extremely basic tutorial for those who have forgotten what they learned in high school.
Keith's Picks and Pans Keith's Picks and Pans Now, more Teaching Company Podcast reviews.
Emergency Department Informatics ED Informatics Page

A PDF of my presentation User Interaction Design and ED Workflow: A Worst-Case Scenario for Developers

Personal Computer Information Personal Computer Information   

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 your keyboard.
Emergency Medicine Page 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 EMS and Wilderness EMS Page

Including a Hypothermia Basics handout

Search and Rescue/Outdoor Page

Search and Rescue and Outdoor Page

My complete SAR/Disaster equipment list

Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Northern Virginia, Blackburn Trail Center

Educational Objectives - how to create Powerpoint Presentation: Educational Objectives.
WEMSI Personal Wilderness Medical Kit  

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 

  • Daypack/Cavepack Medical Kit list (also available on Word format) and my 

  • Everyday 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 for night walks along roads.

Wales Trip to Wales: Wilderness EMS and travel

A working holiday in Wales: the first WEMSI courses in the U.K.  Each 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 Trip to Ireland Page: Wilderness EMS and Hillwalking
Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group 
DKL LifeGuard Page 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 Keith's Predictions Page.
Consciousness Page Consciousness Page
For those interested in the neurobiology of consciousness.
Links Page Links Page
With my Netscape bookmark.htm file with a massive number of good links.
Personal Page Personal Page  Now with baby and sister's wedding pictures. Also a page on Style in the best sense of the word.

CV Page 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.
List of changes:

Contact Information

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)

Office phone
412-232-8382 (Mercy Department of Emergency Medicine)

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