Frozen Mythbusters: Myth #7 of 13.
There are a variety of myths regarding human response to cold exposure. These myths are explained and debunked by Dr. Murray Hamlet, DMV, Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, PHD, and Frank Hubbell, DO. After posting the thirteen myths, a complete article from the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter will be loaded for anyone interested in all the chilly little details.
Frostbite is rarely associated with hypothermia.
This myth is interesting because it flies in the face of common sense. If an individual has a lower than normal core temperature with decreased circulation to the skin, it is a set-up for frostbite. As they continue to cool off, circulation to the extremities becomes more and more impaired. So, the lower the core temperature, the greater the risk for severe frostbite.
Busted – The lower the core temperature, the greater the risk for frostbite. When managing a hypothermia victim, be sure to use heat packs on their hands and feet, cover their head, and monitor their extremities for signs of frostbite.
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