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Hypothermia

Treat Hypothermia

Important Information

Severe Hypothermia - Body temperature below 32o Celsius;
Mild Hypothermia - Body temperature below 34o Celsius;

A person suffering from severe hypothermia may be disoriented, confused, uncoordinated or completely unresponsive

A person suffering from mild hypothermia may be conscious and alert, yet shivering and displaying slightly impaired coordination

Treat hypothermia that alters a patient's consciousness or impairs their coordination as a medical emergency; Follow primary care procedures

A severely hypothermic patient may be breathing or have a pulse at such a low rate and intensity that it is difficult to detect; Therefore, resuscitation attempts should never be abandoned until the patient has been rewarmed


Patient Care; Severe Hypothermia

STOP - Assess and observe the scene; Has the patient been exposed to a cold environment?
THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan; Is there a warm, dry area nearby?
ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS

Patient Care; Mild Hypothermia


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