Physiological responses and management of hypothermia
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Physiological responses and management of hypothermia

Carolyn Keane A&E Senior Staff Nurse, Central Middlesex Hospital, London

Carolyn Keane describes the physiological responses and treatment of hypothermia

Hypothermia is defined as a condition in which the core of the body is less than 35 degrees centigrade in temperature (Lloyd 1996). Of the many classifications of hypothermia, the American College of surgeons (1989) recognises three, these are:

Mild 32-35C

Moderate 30-32C

Severe below 30C

Emergency Nurse. 8, 8, 26-31. doi: 10.7748/en2000.12.8.8.26.c1344

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