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An Evidence-Based Approach To Hyperthermia And Other Heat-Related Emergencies (Trauma CME)

April 2009

Abstract

Hyperthermia and heat-related illnesses represent a continuum of conditions ranging from minor entities such as heat cramps to more serious conditions such as heatstroke. Heatstroke is the most severe form of hyperthermia, with  reported mortality between 17% and 80% percent.1 Children are more susceptible to extremes of temperature because of a greater surface area-to-body mass ratio, higher metabolic heat per mass unit, and a diminished ability to dissipate body heat by evaporation.2 Prompt reversal of hyperthermia is the mainstay of heat-related illness treatment. Management is directed by proper identification and the immediate initiation of rapid cooling procedures.3

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