Cold water immersion is the most rapidly lethal environmental exposure on planet earth. This is illustrated by work-related death statistics obtained by the U.S. Coast Guard on commericial fishing vessels where death rates approach 180 deaths per 100,000 people per year and where 75% of these deaths result from fishermen falling overboard. The risk of death of cold water immersion on commercial fishing boats is quoted to be 15 times more deadly than firefighting.
Planning your next trip to the Rocky Mountains? Treating patients on base camp of Mount Everest? Here are the high-yield basics of High Altitude Illness including Acute Mountain Sickness, High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).