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<< Evidence-Based Management Of Accidental Hypothermia In The Emergency Department

Case Presentations and Conclusions

Emergency physicians in 3 different cities encounter 3 distinct patients with 1 thing in common: a low core body temperature.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: On a cold winter day, an emergency physician receives a call from EMS asking for advice: They were called to a nearby park where an un-identified middle-aged woman was found on the ground near a park bench. She has no palpable pulse, and there is an unknown downtime. On exam, her pupils are fixed and dilated, and her body feels cold to the touch. The paramedic is concerned that any resuscitation efforts would be futile and asks if any interventions should be made.

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