Hypothermia 2017-05-08T14:29:19+00:00

Hypothermia

 

Hypothermia isn’t just feeling cold. Hypothermia happens when the body’s temperature drops below 35o Celsius (95o Fahrenheit) because the body loses more heat than it can keep.

What causes hypothermia?

  • Exposure to cold, wet and wind chill
  • Not dressing warmly enough
  • Exertion in cold weather
  • Fatigue or dehydration
  • Pre-existing health conditions and medications such as diabetes, heart or circulation problems

What are the signs of hypothermia?

  • Shivering
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Loss of coordination
  • Impaired consciousness and confusion
  • Prolonged exposure can lead to heart attack, coma and even death

How can you avoid hypothermia?

  • Stay Warm
    Dress in wool and synthetic layers that help trap heat. Wear a hat. Avoid wearing cotton since it pulls sweat away from the body.
  • Stay Dry
    If you get wet, change into dry clothing. Bring extra clothing.
  • Stay Sheltered
    Avoid exposure to wind chill and extreme temperatures. Stay inside your car if it breaks down.
  • Stay Hydrated
    Drink plenty of fluids and eat regularly.
  • Stay Healthy
    Nicotine, alcohol and caffeine contribute to greater dehydration and increase the risk of heat loss and frostbite.