The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 04, 1975, Page page 6, Image 6

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thursday, december 4, 1375
page 6
daily nebraskan
By Liz Crumley
Common sense is the key to winter
survival whether you axe at home, in your
car or in a blizzard, according to health
exp rts.
The most common winter injuries are
due to falls, according to Ken Hubble, di
rector of the University Health Center.
These involve sprains or fractures, he
said, and can be avoided by wearing proper
shoes and watching where you walk.
The second most common injury is
caused by exposure, he said. This can be
avoided by wearing proper clodiing.
Wool is the best fabric to wear, Hubble
said, adding that clothes with a high fiber
concentration would be good.
Insulation effect
Hubble stressed that loose-fitting
clothes provide the best insulation against
the cold because the air provides a layer
of insulation wanned by the person's body
Socks and clothing nearest the skin
should absorb perspiration. Cotton fiber
is good for this purpose, he added.
While doing such activities as backpack
ing, Hubble said, a person always should
carry a change of clothing for items nearest
the skin that have the possibility of getting
If a person gets caught in a blizzard, he
should first seek shelter. This may seem ob
vious, Hubble said, but many people have
died because they left the shelter of their
cars during a snow storm.
If shelter is unavailable, Hubble said,
snow can act as an insulator and be formed
to provide a temporary shelter.
Frostbite remedies
If a person suspects he is getting frost
bite, Hubble said, he should warm himself
as soon "as possible. This should be a grad
ual process, he added. If necessary, snow
can be rubbed on the areas.
Dr. L.J. Ekeler, emergency physician at
Bryan Memorial Hospital, disagreed saying
snow should not be used for rubbing if
frostbite is suspected
The person should gently massage the
affected area, and if possible, submerge it
in warm water. Hot water should never be
used, Ekeler said.
Besides freezing, Ekeler said, chill blains
are a common exposure injury. This
appears as inflammatory swelling and burn
ing, he said, but no permanent tissue
damage results.
Ekeler said extensive damage can be
done to extremities. In the case of severe
frostbite if there is blood vessel damage,
this can lead to gangrene, he said.
If a person who has had prolonged ex
posure to the cold stops breathing, the vic
tim should be placed in a warm room and
given artificial respiration. When he re
acts, room temperature should be raised
and the victim should be given a hot drink
and placed in a warm bed.
Car a good shelter
If a person is caught in a car during a
winter storm, he should stay there, accord
ing to all experts.
A full tank of gas at the trip's start is a
must, according to Nebraska State Depart
ment of Education pamphlet.
If the car stalls, the motor can be run
for hours without ill effects, it states. How
ever, a window should be opened slightly
to prevent asphyxiation.
Travelers also should carry a caf kit
-two or more blankets or a box of
newspapers if blankets are unavailable.
-two one-gallon cans with plastic covers.
-a supply of matches and candles in
one can.
-a complete change of clothing in case
you get wet; winter cap, gloves, etc.
-a food supply such as candy bars
which have a high protein and high sugar
-a transistor radio or car radio,
-a compass,
-a first aid kit.
. -overshoes and shovel.
a box of tissues or roll of toilet paper.
A small sack of sand for traction in
snow and ice, flashlight, chains, plastic
windshield scraper and, a fire extinguisher
also are helpful. If caught in a storm, clap
ping your hands occasionally and moving
your arms and legs vigorously is recom
mended to promote blood circulation. The
car's dome light also should be turned on
to make the car visible.
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