UW emergency physicians offer tips to stay safe as Wisconsin’s temperatures drop

Despite a famous groundhog declaring this week that spring is only six weeks away, Wisconsin’s weather is about to turn frigidly cold. As temperatures drop to below zero over the weekend, the risk of frostbite and hypothermia becomes very real. Emergency physicians spoke to local news to offer advice to prevent cold-related injuries and help families stay safe in the cold.

Dr. Josh Ross, Executive Vice Chair, was interviewed on WTMJ 620’s Wisconsin Morning News on Friday, February 5th. Full interview.

Dr. Jeff Pothof, Chief Quality Officer at UW Health and emergency physician, contributed to a news story by CBS 58 News about how to avoid frostbite and hypothermia with the coming Wisconsin cold weather. Full interview.

What are the big takeaways?

  • Stay indoors, if possible.
  • Take breaks from your time outdoors.
  • Wear layers – hats and gloves are key.
  • Keep dry.