Cold-Related Injuries for Outdoor Workers: Frostbite & Hypothermia (Pt. 2)

November 27, 2014

Resuming Cold-Related Injuries for Outdoor Workers: Frostbite & Hypothermia (Pt. 1), below we will continue to point out some important information that outdoor workers should know when it comes to cold-related injuries.

While the first part of this blog series presented some general facts about cold-related injuries, here, we will take a closer look at one of these conditions – frostbite.

Cold-Related Injuries: What Outdoor Workers Should Know about Frostbite

Frostbite develops when the body’s tissues start to freeze as a result of prolonged contact with cold conditions. Generally, frostbite affects the areas of the body that tend to not be covered when people may be working outdoors; specifically, these frostbitten areas often include the nose and cheeks, as well as the hands and ears.

Among the cold-related injuries that outdoor workers should be prepared to prevent is frostbite. Here’s a closer look at what outdoor workers should know about frostbite.

Among the cold-related injuries that outdoor workers should be prepared to prevent is frostbite. Here’s a closer look at what outdoor workers should know about frostbite.

Some of the more common signs of frostbite include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Pain at the affected area
  • Sensations of burning, tingling or even pure numbness at the affected area
  • Loss of color in the skin
  • Translucent skin blisters (These may fill with blood in more severe cases of frostbite.)

When people develop frostbite, it will be classified as either superficial (milder) or deep (more severe), depending on the extent to which their tissues have been damaged due to the cold exposure.

While the precise treatment administered will depend on the severity of the condition, as well as the affected region of the body, in general, frostbite treatments include slowly rewarming the impacted region of the skin/body, treating wounds on the impacted region of the body and mitigating patients’ pain.

In the most serious cases, frostbite cold-related injuries will require surgical in order to remove the tissues that have died as a result of excessive and extreme cold exposure.

We will wrap up this three-part blog series on cold-related injuries in the upcoming third installment of this blog series that will focus on what outdoor workers should know about the signs and complications of hypothermia – be sure to check it out!

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