Area hospitals reporting frostbite cases

Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 --- 10:05pm

With the bitterly cold weather sticking around tomorrow, the best place you want to be is warm and comfy on your couch. The last place you want to be is in the hospital.

From frostbite to hypothermia this bitter cold snap is nothing to take lightly.
Doctors in our area today saw several weather-related cases. UW Health reports about half a dozen were treated for frostbite. Meriter is reporting a handful were seen there. While, St. Mary's and St. Clare's in Baraboo didn't see much frostbite action.

Frostbite takes between just 5 and 10 minutes to occur.

Things not to do: don't rub two frozen extremities together. Also don't drink alcohol for a quick heat up. This can do more harm then good by dilating your blood vessels.

Things to do: dip you hands or feet into warm water, not hot water thinking it'll warm you up faster. It'll likely do more harm.

Hypothermia is also a concern especially with many retention ponds and lakes near by.
Should you be caught in water, remain calm and get someone to call 9-1-1.

"Hypothermia isn't going to kill you that fast. That's a common misconception. It can take 30-40 minutes for that cold to cause that cold injury enough where you're going to go unconscious” says Dr.. Owen Anderson with St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.

Best advice, grab the kids, the pets, and stay inside as much as you can!


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