Frostbite

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Frostbite of the Ear
Frostbite of the Ear
FIRST AID Advice for Frostbite
FIRST AID Advice for Frostbite

Rewarm the frostbitten area rapidly with wet heat.

  • Move into a warm room.
  • For frostbite of a limb (e.g., fingers, toes): Place the frostbitten part in very warm water. A bathtub or sink is often the quickest approach. The water should be very warm (104 to 108 F, or 40 to 42 C), but not hot enough to burn. Immersion in this warm water should continue until a pink flush signals the return of circulation to the frostbitten part (usually 30 minutes).
  • For frostbite of the face (e.g., ears, nose): Apply warm wet washcloths to frostbitten area of the face. Continue doing this until a pink flush signals the return of circulation to the frostbitten area (usually 30 minutes).

Note: Do not rewarm a frostbitten area if there is a chance of refreezing.

FIRST AID Advice for Frostbite During Transport to a Medical Facility:

  • Wrap frostbitten area in warm blanket or clean dressing.
  • Protect frostbitten area from injury.
  • Avoid walking on frozen feet if possible (Reason: may cause further tissue injury).
FIRST AID Advice for Hypothermia
FIRST AID Advice for Hypothermia
  • Remove wet clothing.
  • Wrap in warm blankets (or clothing, sleeping bag, even newspaper).
  • Move victim into a warm space (e.g., home, building, car, tent).

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