Stories tagged with: Hypothermia

February 13, 2015 - 5:47pm
9 weeks 3 days ago

With temperatures dropping into the single digits one added concern for those who need to be outside is hypothermia.

It's a condition you don't think will happen to you, until it does. Beth Fineran a Nurse Practitioner at Muskingum Valley Health Center said she dealt with a case recently.

"I also work in the emergency department and a gentlemen had fallen outside, he wasn't wearing any gloves and when he came to see us he has frost bite on all of his fingers and it had...

January 6, 2014 - 6:52pm
1 year 14 weeks ago

To avoid weather-related health problems such as frostbite, Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, says to pay close attention to your ears, nose and hands, and if you feel pain, head indoors.

Dr. Whitacre explained, "First you get onset of pain and redness to the area and then it sort of becomes numb, or can turn white or waxy looking and feels hard when it's actually frozen."

Shivering, confusion, memory loss, fumbling hands and...

January 2, 2014 - 6:22pm
1 year 15 weeks ago

With the wind chills expected to hit below zero, the elderly and the young need to take extra precautions.

"Elderly people aren't able to make as much body energy like other people can, and the children have so much more surface area like a bigger head to lose the heat through that they can't maintain themselves," explained Dr. Vicki Whitacre, of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.

Two other groups of people that should also take extra precautions...

December 10, 2013 - 6:59pm
1 year 18 weeks ago

Winter does not officially arrive for eleven more days but the thermometer tells a different story. . .

High temperatures throughout this week will only be in the twenties. With temperatures well below freezing, you need to be sure you are keeping your body safe from two dangerous scenarios.

"Hypothermia is just extreme loss of body temperature,” explained Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker. “Your organs kind of slow down, they start to shut down, you are not going to...

December 12, 2010 - 10:40pm
4 years 18 weeks ago

Reports indicate that nearly 700 cases of hypothermia fatalities occur each year in the United States.

With temperatures taking a dive and wind chills dipping below zero at times, it's important to stay warm.  Dr. Charles Feicht of Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital explains how hypothermia can sneak up on you.

"In the healthy individual, the initial symptom is feeling cold and then that's followed by shivering and then if nothing is done to correct the problem, you just...

January 4, 2010 - 6:17pm
5 years 15 weeks ago

People are adapting to the cold weather we've been experiencing since the start of the new year.

Community Ambulance says it's hardly had any cold-weather runs because everyone's bundling up and staying inside to keep warm, but Executive Director, Phil Koster, wants to remind everyone of a big factor that goes along with those cold temperatures.

"Don't underestimate wind chill. I know we talk a lot about temperature and how cold it is, especially when it's below freezing,...

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