Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hypothermia and cold injuries


As of this writing, if you are living in the eastern half of these United States, chances are you are smack in the middle of the Siberian Express cold spell that has temperatures 20, 30, and even 40 degrees cooler than normal.

The winter wonderland it has brought us is bracing, refreshing, and deadly if you are not careful. Let’s take a quick look at hypothermia.

Hypothermia is a reduction in core body temperature below 95°F as measured by a rectal thermometer placed six inches into the rectum. The best way to avoid a thermometer six inches into your rectum is to not get hypothermia. The best way to not get hypothermia is to not do dumb stuff. Let’s look at some prevention before we look at fixing injuries.

Be aware of the macro environment. Watch the weather report and see how cold, wet, and windy it is going to get. If you don’t have the ability to listen to the weather report, consider where you are in the country and what can happen during the specific time of year. February in Miami and February in Vermont would require very different packing lists.

Dress for the worst.

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  1. Hah! That's a good one - I have never been so cold as when I watched "The Shining" and it's going down below 0 here tonight ;)

    1. :) Once as a child, I was returning from a full day of sledding and being exhausted and freezing, rested by a tree when I started to feel very warm. Fortunately, I remembered that this was a no-no, forced myself up and towards home when I had to pee. Well, at first I couldn't find it to pull out as it had shrunk into the innermost caverns of my body! :)

  2. Oh, Brock - you crack me up. How can anyone dispute how wonderfully we are designed for all contingencies... ;)

    1. :) As clear as yesterday, just wish I was that age.