Hypothermia occurs when the core body temperature falls below 35°C (95°F) due to primary exposure or secondary to other pathologies. Infants, children, and adolescents are at higher risk for primary cold injuries due to a combination of physiologic and cognitive factors, but quick re-warming and appropriate disposition can result in survival and improved neurological outcomes.
This issue, Management of Pediatric Hypothermia and Peripheral Cold Injuries in the Emergency Department, reviews the stages of hypothermia and offers recommendations for emergent management of pediatric patients with hypothermia.
To help you with the decision-making process, we’ve created the clinical pathway below, which is also included in the supplement.
Last Updated on October 15, 2021