Accession Number:

ADA194967

Title:

Accidental Hypothermia,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA

Report Date:

1988-03-03

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

Hypothermia has played a major role in the medical statistics from many armies deploying in a cold environment. The loss of body heat, either from the decreased heat production, increased heat loss, or alterations in thermoregulation are important in the epidemiology of this injury. Cold appears to protect various portions of the body from the decreasing cardiovascular capability of delivering nutrients and oxygen. Recognition of these patients as they are severely hypothermic is the key to survival. Emergency Department of Management involves fluid resuscitation, respiratory support, active core rewarming and management of electrolytes. Cardiovascular support is critical to long-term management and a successful outcome. Prevention is the key to individuals exposed to a high threat environment.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE