Treatment of Frostbite,
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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With an increasing interest in outdoor recreation, especially in the winter time, hypothermia and frostbite victims will increase as presentations at our hospitals in northern tier states indicate. The military has historically had an interest in cold injury because of the significant number produced in combat settings in all parts of the world. Almost every Army that has been exposed to cold has had serious cold injuries. Ten percent of our wounded casualties in both World War 11 90,000 and Korea 9,000 were cold injuries. The literature contains a description of the degrees of frostbite ranging from 1st degree through 4th degree. This is a retrospecting grading system and generally of little significance, especially to the treatment procedure. Even highly experienced physicians find it difficult to grade frostbite in the first 2448 hour time period. It is much more important to differentiate superficial from the deep injury however for reference, the differentiation of the degrees will be listed here.
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