Environmental Emergencies: Cold-Weather Related Health Conditions
About the Course
Cold weather presents its own unique challenges. Patients may develop frostbite and hypothermia, which can be life-threatening. With proper preparation and preventive techniques, some cold weather-related health issues can be prevented. When these conditions do occur, nurses must recognize these conditions and be prepared to initiate appropriate treatment interventions.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Differentiate between managing mild hypothermia and severe hypothermia by recognizing the variations in pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate interventions for each stage of hypothermia.
- Compare the signs and symptoms of mild, moderate, and severe frostbite to differentiate between each stage.
- Differentiate between trench foot and other cold-related injuries by analyzing the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate interventions for trench foot.
- Analyze strategies for preventing cold-related injuries, including assessing environmental and personal risk factors that contribute to the development of these injuries.
- Analyze the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and appropriate interventions for freezing and non-freezing cold injuries to differentiate between the two injury types.
About the Author
Dr. Karen Scaglione, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ACNP-BC, CLNC, is an assistant teaching professor at Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing, teaching in the Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program as well as the doctoral program. Dr. Scaglione currently practices in critical care and hospitalist medicine. Dr. Scaglione is involved with many committees locally and nationally, currently sitting on the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner content expert panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Scaglione was honored in 2019 as the March of Dimes NP of the year from Missouri and Illinois. Her doctoral dissertation was the creation of an AGACNP emergency room/critical fellowship for the Veterans Healthcare Administration. Dr. Scaglione has published in the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice. She is the international bestselling coauthor of Owning Your Own G.R.I.T and the author of the anthology compilation Rising with Resilience.
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- Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
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