Treating Hypothermia

Definition

This is a condition which sets in when the body temperature falls below about 35C (95F).

Symptoms and signs

The stages of hypothermia are as follows:

Treatment

The aim is to prevent the casualty from losing any more body heat and help to regain normal body temperature. Arrange urgent removal to hospital.

N.B.

IT IS BEST FOR CASUALTIES OF HYPOTHERMIA TO BE RE-WARMED AT THE SAME RATE AS THERE BODIES WERE COOLED, i.e. SLOW ONSET OF HYPOTHERMIA MEANS A SLOW RE-WARMING PROCESS.

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