Snowfall in Denver was limited over the weekend, but dangerous cold temperatures persisted, and UCHealth had a reminder about that Monday: 26 people were hospitalized with frostbite at UCHealth’s Ancschutz campus on Monday afternoon.
That’s a record for most frostbite patients at one time at the hospital’s burn and frostbite center.
Frostbite is when exposure to freezing temperatures damages skin and tissue, causing affected areas to go without blood, nutrients and oxygen.
In five-degree weather with 30 mph winds, frostbite can happen in 30 minutes. At five below zero and 30 mph winds, frostbite can happen in about 10 minutes.
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