Hypothermia 2

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Hypothermia cases in this part of country are rare, but what would you do if a friend or loved one experienced a significant drop in body temperature? Dr. Edward Hill provides some helpful information in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Your normal core body temperature is usually around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. In hypothermia, your body fails to maintain a normal temperature. A body temperature below 95 degrees signals hypothermia.

Hypothermia doesnt just happen in cold winter weather, when there are low temperatures or low wind chill factors. It can happen under more mild conditions as well.

Hypothermia may develop within minutes of being exposed to cold water. Water doesnt have to be icy cold to cause hypothermia. Your body loses heat more quickly in water than in air. Any water temperature lower than body temperature causes your body to lose heat.

Until medical help is available, follow these guidelines for caring for someone with hypothermia.

Move the person out of the cold.

Remove wet clothing.

Insulate the persons body from the cold ground.

Monitor breathing.

Share body heat.

Provide warm beverages, and

Seek immediate medical attention for anyone with hypothermia.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.