If you live or in a cold-weather climate, you’ve had experience "braving the elements." And you also know that frigid weather is nothing to take lightly: The danger of frostbite is very real and can result in permanent damage, leading in severe cases to amputation. So at the first symptoms … Read More
On a late Sunday winter evening, I received a patient in the Emergency Department with a minor complaint of right second and third finger pain. In triage, he said his fingers were sore and also itching: frostbite symptoms.
When I got the call to triage, the patient held out his right … Read More
Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse … Read More
On a cold night last winter I received a call from the local EMS associated with my hospital. They were bringing us a 50ish white male found sleeping in an apartment lobby. He was slightly responsive but not making sense—and he had the classic caustic, sweet-sour breath diagnostic of alcohol … Read More