Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, Feb 13, 2019
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water, hypothermia can lead to heart and respiratory system failure and even death if left untreated. Treatment for hypothermia involves warming up the body back to a normal temperature.
Shivering is your body’s first defense against cold temperature and is one of the earliest signs of hypothermia. Other symptoms of hypothermia include:
Individuals suffering with hypothermia are usually not aware of their condition as symptoms being gradually. They are also unable to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia due to the confusion brought on by the condition.
Prolonged exposure to an environment colder than your body can lead to hypothermia, especially if you are not dressed appropriately for the conditions.
Conditions that may lead to hypothermia include:
If an individual appears to have hypothermia, they will need immediate medical attention.
As you wait for medical help to arrive, you can follow these first-aid guidelines.
Medical treatment for hypothermia may include the following interventions to raise the body temperature:
Take the time to prepare your home, car, and work area ahead of winter storms. Keep an emergency kit on hand and take extra precautions during times of extreme cold.
Remember, being prepared is the best way to protect yourself from the effects of extremely cold weather and hypothermia.
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