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How can cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) help with treating hypothermia?

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If the person is not breathing, start CPR immediately. Hypothermia causes respiratory rates to plunge, and a pulse might be difficult to detect.

  • For a child, start CPR for children.
  • For an adult, start adult CPR.
  • Continue CPR until the person begins breathing or emergency help arrives.

From: Hypothermia Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Winter Weather: Hypothermia."

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Healthwise: "Hypothermia."

National Institute on Aging: "Age Page -- Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard."

Merck Manual: "Hypothermia."

Journal of the American Medical Association : "Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation" and "Emergency Cardiac Care."

American Heart Association: "Cardiac Arrest in Accidental Hypothermia."

Hypothermia Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Winter Weather: Hypothermia."

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Healthwise: "Hypothermia."

National Institute on Aging: "Age Page -- Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard."

Merck Manual: "Hypothermia."

Journal of the American Medical Association : "Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation" and "Emergency Cardiac Care."

American Heart Association: "Cardiac Arrest in Accidental Hypothermia."

Hypothermia Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 15, 2019

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