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What should I do for someone with hypothermia?

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  • Get the person indoors.
  • Remove wet clothing and dry the person off, if needed.
  • Warm the person's trunk first, not hands and feet. Warming extremities first can cause shock.
  • Warm the person by wrapping him or her in blankets or putting dry clothing on the person.
  • Do not immerse the person in warm water. Rapid warming can cause heart arrhythmia.
  • If using hot water bottles or chemical hot packs, wrap them in cloth; don't apply them directly to the skin.

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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