Accidental hypothermia is defined as an unintentional drop in core body temperature below 35°C. It can present in any climate and in any season, as it is not always a result of environmental exposure; underlying illnesses or coexisting pathology can play important roles.
Although there is some variability in clinical presentation, hypothermia produces a predictable pattern of physiologic re-sponses and clinical manifestations, and effective treatment has yielded many impressive survival case reports.
Our issue Evidence-Based Management of Accidental Hypothermia in the Emergency Department focuses on methods of effective rewarming and prevention of further morbidity and mortality.
To help you with the decision-making process, we’ve created a Clinical Pathway for Managing Accidental Hypothermia.
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Last Updated on June 11, 2022