Non-Freezing Cold Injuries

In the last issue of the this newsletter we bashed the myths

about hypothermia and frostbite and reported on their physiology and the treatment options for the backcountry traveller. Hypothermia and frostbite are the marquee cold weather bad guys and they can be life threatening. In this issue we will explore the supporting cast, another bunch of bad guys who’s goal is to irritate, disable, and disfigure. They don’t get a lot of press because they aren’t typically associated with intense emergencies or dramatic rescues. But these guys are sneaky and dangerous nonetheless and it is important to be able to prevent, recognize, and treat them.

January/February 2005    ISSN-1059-6518    Volume  18 Number 1

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