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by Paul Auerbach, M.D.
Scott McIntosh, MD and his colleagues, the Wilderness Medical Society has
published "Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Frostbite" (Wild Environ Med 2011:22;156-166). These guidelines are intended to provide
clinicians about best evidence-based practices, and were derived from the
deliberations of an expert panel, of which I was a member. The guidelines
present the main prophylactic and therapeutic modalities for frostbite and
provide recommendations for their roles in patient management. The guidelines
also provide suggested approaches to prevention and management of each disorder
that incorporate the recommendations.
outline format, here is what can be found in these guidelines:
The science and
medicine of frostbite and other cold-induced injuries are not without
discussion, opinions, and some controversy. These Practice Guidelines are an
excellent beginning point for persons interested in the topic.
Read the Journal Article online at Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Journal.
Copyright Paul Auerbach
with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog
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