Cold Weather Injuries in US Military Personnel 2008-2013

Squad, Cold WeatherResearch Paper Title

Cold Weather Injuries, Active and Reserve Components, U.S. Armed Forces, July 2008-June 2013.

Abstract

From July 2012 through June 2013, the number of active and reserve component service members treated for cold injuries (n=479) was the lowest of the last five cold seasons (2008-2013).

Over the last five years hypothermia was the most common cold injury among service members in the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, while frostbite was the most common type of cold injury in the other three Services.

Consistent with trends from previous cold seasons, service members who were female, less than 20 years old, or of black, non-Hispanic race/ethnicity tended to have higher cold injury rates than their respective counterparts.

Among service members overall, Army personnel accounted for the majority (62%) of cold injuries.

Reference

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (2014) Cold Weather Injuries, Active and Reserve Components, U.S. Armed Forces, July 2008-June 2013. MSMR. 20(10), 12-17.

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