INDUSTRY – Conley Gould Jr. gave a safety presentation at the November meeting of the Northern Lites Snowmobile Club.

Gould is a paramedic with Lifestar Ambulance and is also a wilderness EMT. He gave a talk on hypothermia and frostbite.

Hypothermia is defined as a generalized cooling of the core body temperature. Symptoms become apparent when the body temperature falls below 95 degrees and becomes life-threatening when the body temperature reaches 90 degrees. Symptoms include confusion, weakness, shock and blue lips.

Gould discussed ways in which body heat is lost and methods to combat the heat loss. He also said alcohol, coffee and tea tend to increase body heat loss and predispose a person to hypothermia.

Frostbite is described as a localized freezing of a body part. Extremities such as fingers, toes, ears and nose and exposed skin are most susceptible. Symptoms include a white appearance and leathery texture to skin. Treatment includes gentle handling and careful warming of body parts.

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