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Doctor insights on: What Are The Symptoms Of Hypothermia

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What causes hypothermia?

What causes hypothermia?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Hypothermia (Definition)

This means low body temperature it can be due ...Read more


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How do you treat hypothermia?

How do you treat  hypothermia?

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

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What are the signs of hypothermia?

What are the signs of hypothermia?

Low body temp: 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

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How do you treat acute hypothermia?

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. ...Read more

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How can hypothermia happen and why?

Hypothermia: happens because body temperature drops below normal. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of hypothermia?

Circumstance depends: walking/hiking outdoors with hypothermia can make you slow and sleepy, with risk of more damage as you cool down further. Frostbite results when parts of you get too cold and freeze. In a different setting, like after injury or surgery, with heavy bleeding, hypothermia throws off the body's ability to clot and stop the bleeding. Other basic functions get thrown off as well. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hypothermia?

What are the symptoms of hypothermia?

Please see below.: Symptoms can include mood change, irritability, poor judgment, rhythmic or repeated movements, slurred speech, difficulty moving, fatigue, coma, or even cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of acute hypothermia?

What are symptoms of acute hypothermia?

Please see below.: Symptoms can include mood change, irritability, poor judgment, rhythmic or repeated movements, slurred speech, difficulty moving, fatigue, coma, or even cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Can I get hypothermia just out in the air?

Yes: Hypothermia can occur in temperature exposures of 50f or higher in wet and windy weather. Certain factors can predispose people to developing hypothermia, such as alcohol consumption. Home treatment may raise body temperature to normal in some mild cases of hypothermia but this can require hospital care if moderate to severe. ...Read more