Extreme Cold Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia occurs as body temperature passes below 95 F (35 C). When body temperature drops, heart, nervous system and other organs can't work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of heart and respiratory system and to death.
Symptoms Shivering, Dizziness, Hunger, Nausea, Faster breathing Trouble speaking, Slight confusion,Lack of coordination, Fatigue,Increased heart rate
Treatment First-aid care: Be gentle Move the person out of the cold Remove wet clothing Cover the person with blankets Insulate the person's body from the cold ground Monitor breathing Share body heat Provide warm beverages Use warm, dry compresses Don't apply direct heat Medical treatment Depending on the severity of hypothermia, emergency medical care for hypothermia may include one of the following interventions to raise the body temperature: • Blood rewarming. Blood may be drawn, warmed and recirculated in the body.