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How do you treat acute hypothermia?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Please see below.: Treatment includes preventing further heat loss, then careful rewarming, as well as respiratory support. Hypothermia can cause heart rhythm problems, which can require medication, cpr, or a defibrillator.
Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Depends on severity: The most severe cases, especially in alpine nations with mountaineers, will get bypass even after their heart has been stopped for hours. They have surprising decent outcomes. The easiest invasive techniques involve washing out easilly accesible body cavities with warm saline, such as the bladder, the stomach, the pleura (space around lung) and the peritoneum. Otherwise warm fluids, baird hugger.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you treat hypothermia?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Warm body...: There are many ways to slowly warm a patient who has hypothermia. Examples include, warm blankets, warmed IV fluids, warm water peritoneal lavage, hemodialysis with warming of blood before it is returned to the body, etc. Some of these maneuvers are very invasive and so are only used if initial, less invasive maneuvers fail. Taking off cold, wet clothing is important part of warming process.

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