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Case Study: Is That Frostbite?

By Tod Schimelpfenig on Jan 24, 2019

Rescuers practice giving patient care. Photo by Aron Gooch.

The Setting

You’ve been leading an outdoor skills course for young adults, most of it taught indoors or on day hikes. This weekend is the culminating overnight snowshoe trip where you plan to sleep in hollowed-out snow shelters, called quinzhees.

The snowshoe hike went according to plan and you and your group arrive at your planned campsite. Everyone appears weary, happy, and healthy. You note that it is much colder than any previous trip you’ve led, with temperatures hovering near 0°F (-18°C).

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Topics: Wilderness First Responder, first aid, wilderness medicine, case study, winter, frostbite

Case Study: How to Manage Frostbite

By Tod Schimelpfenig on Dec 14, 2017

Editor’s Note: We developed this hypothetical scenario to represent a common and plausible situation on winter backcountry trips.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, case study, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, frostbite

How to Prevent Frostbite

By Molly Herber on Dec 9, 2015
Photo by Adam Swisher.

Winter is a time for all sorts of amazing activities—skiing, snowboarding, curling—but cold weather brings its own special hazards. One of the most common first aid situations you’ll see when it gets cold is frostbite.

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Topics: winter camping, wilderness medicine, WMI, backcountry, leadership, Wilderness Medicine, hypothermia, frostbite

To Thaw or Not to Thaw

By Tod Schimelpfenig on May 19, 2015

Photo by AJ Linnell.
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Topics: Wilderness First Responder, first aid, wilderness medicine, winter, backcountry, frostbite