Risk Management Pitfalls For Accidental Hypothermia
“I work in Florida, not Alaska. I didn’t think I’d ever see a hypothermic patient.”
While most cases of accidental hypothermia occur in colder climates during the winter months, hypothermia can occur anywhere, including mild climates. All emergency clinicians should have the skills to identify and treat these patients.
“The nurse couldn’t get a temperature.”
Normal thermometers only read down to 34°C. If a thermometer is not reading appropriately, it may be because the patient’s core body temperature is below that level. A low-reading thermometer should be used to obtain a core body temperature and assess for hypothermia.
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