Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with frostbite?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019
  • Author: Bobak Zonnoor , MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Answer

Frostbite treatment is a multidisciplinary process and may involve the following specialists:

  • Emergency physician to stabilize the patient

  • Hospitalist to provide inpatient medical treatment

  • Surgeon to provide surgical care

  • Physical therapist to provide rehabilitation

  • Psychiatrist to help the patient cope with any permanent disability

Early surgical consultation for amputation is rarely needed. Surgical consultation is appropriate for guiding long-term management, including debridement for infections that do not respond to conservative management or for skin grafting.


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