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First Aid For Frostbite In 5 Steps

Winter is almost upon us and freezing temperatures are already here.  Part of the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine is recognizing the dangers we may face and being able to address them.  One of the major dangers in cold weather is frostbite.  Knowing first aid for frostbite is an important first aid skill to know once freezing temperatures arise. What is frostbite? Frostbite is a medical condition that results from the freezing of the body’s tissue. It usually affects the parts of the body that are farthest from the heart and large patches of exposed skin. Frostbite is characterized by the constriction of the skin, as blood is shunted to the body’s core in an attempt to maintain body temperature. The affected tissue freezes, and ice crystals form inside the body’s cells. As the tissue thaws, symptoms range from pain and itching (1st degree) to deep tissue damage (3rd and 4th degree), which can result in the necessity to amputate or excise dead tissue. Death can occur if left untreated, so it is important to seek medical assistance and know first aid for frostbite. Treating Frostbite In 5 Steps. Step One Get out of the cold. If you can not, do not start treating frostbite until you reach safety. Step 2 Before treating frostbite, remove any jewelry, as swelling will occur as the tissue thaws. Step 3 Submerge the affected area in body-temperature water. Change the water as it cools down. Try to keep the water at a constant temperature. Step 4 Use body heat for treating mild cases of frostbite, if water is not available. Step 5 Wrap damaged tissue in sterile bandages to protect the affected area from infection. Wrap affected digits (fingers and toes) in individual wrappings. Remember in any case of frostbite, seek professional medical attention as soon as possible. WARNING!!! When treating frostbite, DO NOT place...

Cold Weather Survival

It’s going to get down to 15 degrees below zero wind chill here tonight so I thought I’d share some of what we have previously published on dealing with and surviving in cold weather. Stay warm! Food & Water for Cold Weather Operations Cold Weather Canteen Tips – Top 10 Water in Cold Weather Survival Situations Fire in Cold Weather Survival Situations Cold Weather Survival Shelters Medical Aspects of Cold Weather Survival Basics of Cold Weather Survival Hypothermia How To Build A Campfire Infographic FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Snow Blindness

Andrew’s Note:  The weather in my neck of the woods lately has reminded me of the dangers of Snow Blindness…yes I forgot my sunglasses for a drive I had to take recently so I had to grab my spares out of my Get Home Bag.  Every prepper in snow country should know the symptoms and treatment for Snow Blindness…and even more importantly what steps to take for prevention.  The following information is from TC 21-3 Soldier’s Handbook for Individual Operations and Survival in Cold Weather Areas (Approved for Public Release). SNOW BLINDNESS Snow blindness is caused by ultraviolet and ultrablue rays of the sun being reflected from a snow-covered surface into the eyes. This condition can occur even in cloudy weather.  In fact, it is more likely to occur in hazy, cloudy weather than in sunny weather. SNOW BLINDNESS PREVENTION Prevention is easy; wear your issued sunglasses. If sunglasses are not available, make slitted glasses from cardboard, thin wood, tree bark, or similar material. SNOW BLINDNESS SYMPTOMS Common symptoms are as follows: A scratchy, sandy feeling under your eyelids. Redness and watering of the eyes. A headache. SNOW BLINDNESS TREATMENT Adhere to the following for proper treatment: Blindfold the patient using a dark cloth. Reassure the patient. Evacuate the patient to a medical treatment facility. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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