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When should you call 911 about frostbite?

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Call 911 when:

bright red, cold skin in infants.

  • A part of the person's body or skin is turning white and hard or black.
  • The person has lack of feeling in the area.
  • The person shows signs of hypothermia, which include shivering, slurred speech or mumbling, slow, shallow breathing, weak pulse, clumsiness or lack of coordination, drowsiness or very low energy, confusion or memory loss, loss of consciousness and

From: Frostbite Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Frostbite: How to Foil Jack Frost."

CDC: "Winter Weather: Frostbite."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Frostbite."

Merck Manuals: "Frostbite."

KidsHealth: "Frostbite Instruction Sheet."

AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care: "Cold Related Problems: Frostbite."

Frostbite Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 14, 2017

SOURCES:

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Frostbite: How to Foil Jack Frost."

CDC: "Winter Weather: Frostbite."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Frostbite."

Merck Manuals: "Frostbite."

KidsHealth: "Frostbite Instruction Sheet."

AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care: "Cold Related Problems: Frostbite."

Frostbite Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 14, 2017

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