The material in this site is very practical for the preparation of out-doors people, both land and sea. Prevention and treatment of cold weather disasters is presented including how to treat hypothermia. The simple, practical, accurate information is based on strong science, which is cited within links on the page.
Type of Material:
The material is a collection of articles, protocols, and research. The basic information on treatment is taught with highlighted pictures that capture the scenario under discussion. The research articles contain charts and references.
The material could be used in a variety of ways depending on the level of the student. For the younger student, the use would be to gain a basic understanding regarding the principles of hypothermia. For the older student, the use would be to learn the techniques to treat hypothermia and to apply this knowledge in actual situations. For more advanced students, the use would be to gain an understanding of the research as it applies to hypothermia.
A web browser is the only requirements for this site.Acrobat adobe PDF required to download some sections.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The goal of this material is to provide information on how to recognize and treat hypothermia. In addtion the site provides pathophysiology principles associated with hypothermia treatment.
Target Student Population:
The material is very practical for preparation of out-doors people. In addition high school students could use the site to begin to understand the concept of hypothermia. The site could also be used in undergraduate classes as a supplement to applicable materials.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge of how to navigate links on a web site would be important
The simple practical, accurate information is based on strong science cited within links on the page. Simple yet very effective cartoons, graphics, flow chart, many of which are down loadable for reference, add interest to the site. The site can be stand alone for outdoor enthusiasts or incorporated into teaching situations with other material.
The site does mention, with testimonials a presumably commercial product by the author, but this did not seem to diminish the quality of the site.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is a straightforward site ? much text, scrolling; appropriate as reference. Several charts are down loadable for reference in folders, training, preparation in outdoor adventure.The site was updated in March of 2004.The article from JAMA is a little old, but a search has not found any newer article.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The background researchers and articles cited are very strong. As guidelines, general understanding, and first- aid treatment, the information is excellent, accessible, and convenient.
Other Issues and Comments:
Excellent site that provides information on hypothermia to a variety of audiences. Excellent site that provides information on hypothermia to a variety of audiences.
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