Physiology: Heat Illness In The ED

<< Heat Illness In The Emergency Department: Keeping Your Cool


The widely accepted definition of thermoregulation is the physiologic response to internal and external thermal stimuli. It is the process by which the human body regulates heat production and dissipation to maintain core temperatures that are consistent with life. Hyperthermia occurs when the natural thermoregulatory processes are overwhelmed or are no longer functional. This section will discuss mechanisms of heat transfer, thermoregulation, and prevention and acclimatization.

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