Accidental hypothermia is the result of an unanticipated environmental exposure to cold temperatures. It is manifested as a core temperature of <35°C (95°F)
May take several hours ...
Presentation varies with the temperature of the patient at the time of presentation.
The history is often apparent in the setting of outdoor environmental exposures. It may be less cle...
Factors to guide treatment
Level of consciousness
Cardiovascular stability based on blood pressure and cardiac rhythm
ABCs of basic...
During acute episode
Monitor cardiac rhythm.
Monitor electrolytes and glucose frequently.
Monitor urinary output.
Follow blood gases.
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T68.XXXA Hypothermia, initial encounter
T68.XXXD Hypothermia, subsequent encounter
T68.XXXS Hypothermia, sequela
386689009 Hypothermia (finding)
The most common cause of hypothermia in the United States is cold exposure due to alcohol intoxication.
With a severely decreased core temperature, begin resuscitation (if possible) unl...
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