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Hypothermia Blanket Complications
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. ...Read more
Many causes: One category of causes is increased heat loss, such as environmental exposure, drug side-effects, and skin disorders. Another category is decreased heat production, such as from hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia or malnutrition. You can also think about impaired regulation, typically from neurologic disease. In addition, a condition like sepsis (associated with severe infection) can cause hypothermia. ...Read more
Hyothermia: This means low body temperature it can be due to extreme cold exposure. ...Read more
Shivering is your body's automatic defense against cold temperature — an attempt to warm itself.
Clumsiness or lack of coordination
slurred speech or mumbling
confusion or difficulty thinking
poor decision making
apathy or lack of concern about one's condition
progressive loss of consciousness
slow, shallow breathing. ...Read more
Is currently used.: Hypothermia is being used succussfully in witnessed cases of cardiac arrest with variable results, depending on the institution and the down time. A recent study in the journal neurocritical care looked at hypothermia in reducing perihematoma edema in intracerebral hemorrhage. The latter needs further study before it will be widely used. ...Read more
Usually heart stops: Definition: below 95 degrees: depending on the body temp: between 95-89.6 - poor peripheral circulation, shivering, apathy, lethargy, confusion and rapid heart rate; between 89.6-82.4 - shivering stops, increased confusion or delirium, slowing heart rate and irregular heart rate; below 82.4 coma, ventricular fibrillation (type of cardiac arrest), may look dead; below 68 brain activity stops. ...Read more
Not easy to answer:
I looked up information on this question and there is not a lot of research on it
One study, which I copied, found that long-term hypothermia may keep bone cells from building new bone and might break down bone- this study was in the elderly - so short answer is- don't think we really know for sure
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014482712003096 ...Read more
Get warm: Simply doing whatever it takes to warm the body. This includes added layers of clothing, jackets, gloves, etc. There's no medication or something like that if that's what you're wondering. ...Read more
Warm clothing: in layers both day an night. Small portable electric heaters and electric blankets ...Read more
Near drowning: ABC first: establish and maintain the airway, provide ventilation (mouth-to-mouth or bag-valve-mask), then chest compression if there is no pulse. subsequently, pay attention to hypothermia: passive warming: warm blankets, heat lamp over the patient and consider warm IV fluid ...Read more
It depends: Survivors of the Titanic disaster who were immersed in cold water wearing life vests were mostly dead in about an hour. Much depends on the circumstances. ...Read more
There are formulas to calculate the rate of heat loss and it depends whether the person is wet or dry, naked or clothed.
It is a good idea in bad weather to have a change of clothes and to avoid risk. ...Read more
How long can a healthy 25 year-old male adult last in cold water of 15c(59f) before hypothermia sets in?
Do hypothermia victims loose sensation to the cold while hypothermic or feel hot or numb while hypothermic?
What would be the best course of immediate treatment (before seeking proper medical assistance) for severe hypothermia?
Remove: Remove from the cold and into a warm environment. ...Read more
Hypothermia: I know when you're temp really drops you actually stop shivering, why is that and at what temp does that happen?
Below 35C or 95F: Shivering increases heat production by the body as much as 5 times normal metabolism. Normal body temp is 37C or 98.6F. If the temperature drops below 36C or 97F we start to shiver sooner if the rate of change is rapid. Below 35C blood is shunted away from the muscles and the periphery and metabolism slows in an attempt to preserve the vital organs in the core. The heart stops at about 30C 86F ...Read more