Hypothermia and Cold Injuries
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 Hypothermia and Cold Illness, 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.
The purpose of this module is to help you develop a process that will allow you to overcome obstacles and provide the patient(s) with the appropriate care.
Upon completion, students should be familiar with:
- Understand the mechanisms by which the body loses and gains heat
- Recognize and diagnose hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold-related injuries
- Understand the principles of wilderness treatment for cold injuries
- Learn about the prevention of these conditions when exposed to cold weather