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What causes hypothermia?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Cold: Hypothermia is caused by loss of body heat. This can occur in injury, immersion in water, surgery, exposure outdoors, etc. Some conditions call for deliberately induced hypothermia such as stroke and post-cardiac arrest patients. Severe hypothermia requires medical intervention, mild hypothermia-a cup of hot chocolate.

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What are some different causes of hypothermia?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Causes...: Hypothermia is when the body temperature is low. Some causes of this include exposure to the elements in a cold climate (ex. Hiking in the winter w/o adequate warm clothing), exposure to cold water (ex. People in the water when a boat capsizes in frigid water). Hypothermia can also be induced by doctors to decrease a person's metabolic rate, thereby increasing survival. Just a few examples!

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