Hypothermia is the lowering of the body’s core temperature. It can be classified as both chronic and acute. As a chronic condition, chronic hypothermia is the slow lowering of the body’s core temperature. Technically, hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 90 degrees F and from mild from normal body temperature to 90 degrees F. Body parts that are affected by both chronic and acute types of hypothermia are the heart, brain, and usually fingers, toes and lips. There are at least 600 deaths caused by hypothermia per year in the US.
Acute hypothermia, also called immersion hypothermia, occurs when a person is in cold water. To treat a victim of acute hypothermia, you would need to strip the victim of its clothes, replace the wet clothes with dry and warm clothes, and move the victim to a warm place to get the victim back to its warm state. Because of this form of hypothermia being a short term, there is a cure. The victim would just need to be treated with warmth.
A person with chronic hypothermia would need to get to a hospital as soon as possible, but carefully. Rough handling can induce irregular heartbeat that can kill them. If not able to treat the victim right away, then treat them like you would for acute hypothermia. Trying to cure a victim of chronic hypothermia may even kill the victim if inducing irregular heartbeat.
• Feeling Cold
• Loss of Coordination
• Slurred Speech
• Shallow Breathing
• Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails
• Dilated Pupils
• Pale Skin
• Weak or Absent Pulse
• Fatigue makes you more vulnerable to subnormal heat and cold.
• Alcohol intake speeds up body heat loss which can induce hypothermia.
• Hypothermia can induce during sleep
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