What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is when the body loses the ability to keep itself warm (occurs when body temperature drops below 95˙ F (35˙ C)). Defibrillation, CPR, or any drug therapy may prove to be ineffective for a hypothermic patient. Hence, the primary objective would be to warm the body.
What are the Potential Causes of Hypothermia?
• Extreme and/or prolonged exposure to cold weather and/or water
What are the Indicators of Hypothermia?
• History: Exposure
• ECG: Osborn "J" waves
What is the Treatment for Hypothermia?
• Applying active and passive warming measures to restore normal body temperature
• Initiate Basic Life Support measures while rewarming