Hypothermia and Cold Illness
This online module is designed for medical professionals of all levels seeking continuing education credits, those seeking Wilderness Medical Society FAWM credit, or for anyone interested in learning more about this topic.
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.
After viewing a specific learning module from the WLS:MP Online Lecture Library, participants in the AdventureMed Online Lecture CME Program should be able to demonstrate an increase in, or affirmation of, their knowledge of wilderness medicine. Participants should be able to evaluate the appropriateness of the information as it applies to the provision of patient care or counseling.
AdventureMed offers a unique online learning experience through our innovative learning platform. Instead of reading a textbook, our online modules are designed to learn alongside the user, providing feedback, testing comprehension, and increasing long term retention. In addition to this platform, supplemental material, such as readings and podcasts, are provided to elevate learner experience.
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and AdventureMed. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Association of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME. All other medical professionals check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Disclaimer: The faculty and AdventureMed staff involved with this educational activity have signed disclosure statements indicating they have no conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest with respect to this course content.
Privacy and Confidentiality: The WMS does not disclose any information related to CME credit activity except directly to you and in aggregate form to the accrediting entity.
Media and Method: The media used to deliver this educational product is question and case based learning delivered online. To complete this activity, learners must have an internet-ready computer. While viewing the presentation, the learner provides reflection and evaluation.
David Della-Giustina, MD, FACEP, FAWM. Time to complete educational activity: 1.00 hour. Date of original release: 03/01/2020. Module expiration date: 09/30/23.
All education content presented in this activity has been reviewed and validated as appropriate in keeping with sound scientific principles.
To receive FAWM (Fellows of Academy of Wilderness Medicine) credit, send a copy of the completed certificate to the following:
Upload the certificate via your personal portal on the WMS website, wms.org