Fast Five Quiz: Can You Properly Identify and Treat Frostbite?

C. Crawford Mechem, MD, MS


January 15, 2015

Frostbite may occur when skin is exposed to a temperature lower than -10°C, resulting in vasoconstriction. The resultant decrease in blood flow does not deliver sufficient heat to the tissue to prevent the formation of ice crystals. The anatomical sites most susceptible to frostbite include hands, feet, and exposed tissues (eg, ears, nose, and lips).

For more on the background of frostbite, read here.


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