Forget what you think you know about treating someone you suspect may be suffering Hypothermia. Some of the “obvious” treatments could do more harm than good.
Via National Grid:
Stay Warm, Stay Safe
Hypothermia, or cold stress, happens when exposure causes the body temperature to fall below 95° F. It is important to remember that a person does not need to be exposed to cold weather to suffer from hypothermia. Older people, infants and those weakened by chronic illness are especially susceptible and may be vulnerable, even when indoors, if the room is below 70° F. If you know someone who might be susceptible, remember to call them regularly. If you think you may be susceptible, have a friend, neighbor or family member call you daily.
Symptoms of Hypothermia:
– A sudden change in appearance or behavior
– Skin that is cool to the touch
– Drowsiness and difficulty speaking
– Cold and stiff muscles
What to do if you suspect hypothermia:
– Call a doctor, ambulance or rescue squad
– Handle the person very gently, wrapping him or her with quilts, blankets or towels
– Cover the person’s head or neck
What not to do:
Hypothermia should be treated only at a hospital. Efforts to rewarm a person at home can cause heart failure. Therefore:
– Do NOT give the person hot drinks or hot food.
– Do NOT place the person in a hot tub or shower.
– Do NOT give any alcohol or drugs.
– Do NOT massage the person’s arms and legs.
For more safety information, visit: ngrid.com/safety