You may treat minor cold exposure at home with blankets and home care techniques. Call a doctor to ask about danger signs that might warrant immediate transportation to a medical facility.
Any person who is at risk for hypothermia and is suspected to have sustained a cold exposure should be brought to a hospital’s Emergency Department. Look for these danger signs of cold exposure:
The first priority is to perform a careful check for breathing and a pulse and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as necessary.
The second priority is rewarding.
Some cold exposure, such as cold hands and feet, may be treated with home care techniques
People who experience accidental hypothermia with body temperatures in the range of 95-89.9°F (35-32.2°C) and are otherwise healthy usually rewarm easily and can be safely sent home.
Those whose core temperatures are below 89.9°F (32.2°C) are admitted to the hospital. Underlying medical disorders are investigated and cardiac monitoring performed.
Prepare well before embarking on any cold weather activities.
People with accidental hypothermia in the range of 95-89.9°F (35-32.2°C) and who are otherwise healthy usually rearm easily and can be safely sent home. Those with lower core body temperatures are usually admitted to the hospital.
People with uncomplicated hypothermia do better as a group than do people with hypothermia and another associated disease. In fact, outcome depends more on the underlying disease process than the person’s initial temperature or the rewarding method employed.
Age is not always a risk factor, although elderly people tend to have more associated medical problems. People with mild to moderate hypothermia usually have a complete recovery.
People with poor outcomes usually have had cardiac arrest, a very low or no blood pressure, and the need to have breathing assisted with a tube—all before arriving at the hospital.
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