|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – November 2009
Use this chart to determine if you can finish your trip–or should hightail it to the ER.
Stick it out if . . .
Head for help if . . .
|Hypothermia||Person warms up and feels fine||Pulse slows; shivering stops; person becomes incoherent or unconscious|
|Frostbite||Tissue warms and looks normal||Blisters or black tissue form|
|Heat illness||Persons cools off and feels fine||Person has altered mental status and red, hot skin|
|Muscle/bone injury||Person can use the injured part||Person cannot use the injured part|
|Diarrhea||Problem resolves within 24 hours||Problem persists for more than 24 hours|
|Wounds||They are cleaned, properly dressed, and don't require
|They are large enough to require closure; they're deep wounds on the face or neck|
|Burns||Pain is manageable and no large
|Pain is intense; blisters are large; face is burned|
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