COCA Clinical Reminder: February 01, 2011
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We would like to provide you with the following information from various CDC programs related to winter weather hazards. Content links are provided. If you have questions on these or other clinical issues, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Weather Health and Safety Concerns
Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises.
Winter weather increases the likelihood of carbon monoxide exposure from indoor generators and inadequately ventilated gas-fueled heaters. Other common cold-related problems are hypothermia, frostbite, and injury. Below are CDC resources that address these issues.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- CDC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Homepage
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster
- Clinical Guidance for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning After a Disaster
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Clinical Education
Clinical education and online course on Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning that provide information on diagnosis, reporting, and treatment of CO poisoning by clinicians and health care providers.
- Mack KA, Liller KD, Damon S. Response to letter to the editor: “CO Detectors prevent CO Poisoning” Am J Lifestyle Medicine 2010; 4:368.
Other Resources and Articles
- Be Prepared: Staying Safe and Healthy in Winter Weather
- NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics: Cold Stress
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): Tips to Protect Workers in Cold Environments
- Concussion in Winter Sports
- Articles from MMWR and other Journals
- A bibliography of articles about winter hazards including Hypothermia, Carbon Monoxide
- Poisoning, Ice Storms, and Snowmobiles.
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- Content source: CDC Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)
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