This online module is designed for outdoor professionals, enthusiasts, or for anyone interested in learning more about this topic. This course is NOT eligible for CME or FAWM. If you would like to earn CME for Altitude Medicine, click here.
Cold conditions are a common challenge faced in the wilderness. While many people assume subzero temperatures are required for a cold illness to occur, there are many factors that increase the risk of cold illness in climates as warm as 10°C. In this module, you will learn the different mechanisms by which the body loses heat, understand the pathology, treatment, and evacuation criteria of hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold-related injuries, and describe the methods available to prevent cold illness and injury.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema, and high altitude pulmonary edema
- Understand that gradual ascent is the key to preventing altitude illnesses
- Understand that the most important treatment for altitude illness is descent
- Become familiar with additional methods for both preventing and mitigating altitude illnesses