Characterized by the core body temperature lowering to <95°F (<35°C).
As the core temperature approaches 89.6°F to 91.4°F (32°C to 33°C), acute ST elevation and the J or Osborn wave may appear on the ECG tracing. These ECG changes are pathognomonic, but they are not always present.
Special low-reading rectal thermometers or rectal thermistor probes are preferred for measuring core body temperature.
Initial management includes removing the patient from the cold environment, removing wet or cold clothing, warming the body with blankets, securing the airway, monitoring breathing, and maintaining circulation using warm intravenous fluids.
Hypothermia is a clinical condition characterized by unintentional lowering of core body temperature below physiologic normal limits, typically <95°F (<35°C).
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Montefiore Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
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University of North Carolina
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MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency
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University College London
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