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What are types of cold-related emergencies?

Frostbite and hypothermia are two types of cold-related emergencies.
Shirley A. Jones, RN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Cold-related emergencies include frostbite and hypothermia. In some settings, snow blindness and trench foot may also occur. Appropriate clothing is the most important protection from cold-related injury. Layers provide insulation by trapping body heat; the best cold-weather clothing includes several lightweight layers made of materials that conserve body heat and prevent moisture from building up. A warm head covering, gloves or mittens, and warm socks inside boots or heavy shoes prevent heat loss from the head, hands, and feet. 
 
Myth Buster––“Drinking alcohol will help you stay warm.” False: Alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate. This increases blood flow to the surface of the skin and away from your body's core (brain and vital organs). Heat is then quickly radiated away from the body.
 
 
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