Hypothermia

Common Name(s)

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a very serious condition where an individual’s body temperature drops below a certain range, and the body is unable to continue normal body processes. Our normal body temperature is 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia develops when the body drops below 95 F (35 C). Hypothermia is caused by long-term exposure to cold outdoor conditions, accidental falls into cold water, and improper heating indoors.

Common symptoms of hypothermia may include shivering, fatigue, inability to concentrate, nausea, and slow and shallow breathing. With increased exposure to cold temperatures, the individual may begin to display more severe symptoms of the condition. Without treatment, the individual may die.

If you find someone experiencing hypothermia, it is important to contact a doctor or medical professional immediately. Begin treating the individual by moving them to a warmer location. Remove any wet or cold clothing and begin wrapping them in warm blankets or towels and provide warm beverages to drink.

Most people associate the development of hypothermia to long-term exposure to the outdoors. However, it is possible to develop hypothermia indoors as well. Older adults, young children, and individuals with mental disorders are more at risk for developing hypothermia. As a caretaker, it is important to check that the temperature inside a house remains warm enough for these at risk individuals, especially during cold winter months. If you or someone you know is experiencing hypothermia, it is important to get medical help immediately to find out the most current treatment options.

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The terms "Hypothermia" returned 1309 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Controlled hypothermia may improve surfactant function in asphyxiated neonates with or without meconium aspiration syndrome.
 

Author(s): Chiara Autilio, Mercedes Echaide, Daniele De Luca, Jesús Pérez-Gil

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Whole-body hypothermia (WBH) is used to improve neurological outcomes in perinatal asphyxia. Recent studies suggested a beneficial effect of hypothermia for some types of acute respiratory failure. However, no data are available about the biophysical function of human surfactant during ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Electrocardiographic Changes in Hypothermia.
 

Author(s): Eleftheria Kampouri, Julien Vaucher

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2018 Feb;378(5):460.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A retrospective analysis on the relationship between intraoperative hypothermia and postoperative ileus after laparoscopic colorectal surgery.
 

Author(s): Ji-Won Choi, Duk-Kyung Kim, Jin-Kyoung Kim, Eun-Jee Lee, Jea-Youn Kim

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Postoperative ileus (POI) is an important factor prolonging the length of hospital stay following colorectal surgery. We retrospectively explored whether there is a clinically relevant association between intraoperative hypothermia and POI in patients who underwent laparoscopic colorectal ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Hypothermia" returned 159 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Effects of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neuroprotection from the Viewpoint of Redox Regulation.
 

Author(s): Nobuyuki Nosaka, Ayumi Okada, Hirokazu Tsukahara

Journal: Acta Med. Okayama. 2017 Feb;71(1):1-9.

 

Redox regulation has recently been recognized as an important factor in acute illnesses as well as in chronic diseases. It has also become a target for neuroprotection in acute intensive care. Despite its well-known therapeutic effects, therapeutic hypothermia has recently been re-evaluated ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Potential role of the gut microbiota in synthetic torpor and therapeutic hypothermia.
 

Author(s): Claudia Sisa, Silvia Turroni, Roberto Amici, Patrizia Brigidi, Marco Candela, Matteo Cerri

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2017 Jan;23(3):406-413.

 

Therapeutic hypothermia is today used in several clinical settings, among them the gut related diseases that are influenced by ischemia/reperfusion injury. This perspective paved the way to the study of hibernation physiology, in natural hibernators, highlighting an unexpected importance ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A review of the utility of a hypothermia protocol in cardiac arrests due to non-shockable rhythms.
 

Author(s): Brin Freund, Peter W Kaplan

Journal: Cardiol J. 2017 ;24(3):324-333.

 

Therapeutic hypothermia and targeted temperature management are considered standard of care in the management of patients following out-of-hospital cardiac arrests due to shockable rhythms to improve neurological outcomes. In those presenting out-of-hospital cardiac arrests associated ...

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Preventing Inadvertent Hypothermia in Paediatric Neurosurgery in Malawi
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hypothermia

 

Last Updated: 15 May 2017

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