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Freezer Burn to the Sacral Area Using a Plastic Cooler Insert



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Am Fam Physician. 1999 Feb 15;59(4):786.

to the editor: I read with interest the “Diary from a Week in Practice” column in the September 1, 1998, issue of American Family Physician.

The Wednesday entry described a patient who used a plastic insert from his cooler as an icepack to relieve wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. I recently saw a patient with a large area of second-degree “freezer burn” of the sacral area, caused by placing an insert from a cooler directly on the skin to relieve backache. The patient had experienced this complication before, but she thought she could control the burn effect by using the cooling insert for a shorter period of time.

Patients must be cautioned that these cooler inserts may cause severe burns.

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