Treating Hypothermia: the Wilderness Medicine Association guidelines

The basic principles of rewarming a hypothermia victim are to conserve the heat they have and replace the body fuel they are burning up to generate that heat. If a person is shivering, they have the ability to rewarm themselves at a rate of 2 degrees C per hour. But there’s different levels of hypothermia. When a person is in severe hypothermia they may demonstrate all the accepted clinical signs of death: cold, blue skin, fixed and dilated pupils, no discenable pulse, no discenable breathing, comatose status and rigid muscles. The Wilderness Medicine Association create a simple guidelines to know what to do in different situation of hypothermia:

ipotermia-gl

 

Comments are closed.