Hypothermia 101

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HYPOTHERMIA

Hypothermia is a severe drop in body temperature (below 86 ° F) that affects brain and heart function, and can kill.

  • Use of alcohol causes the body to cool quicker.
  • Get the affected person out of the water.
  • Do not expect a person with hypothermia to make good decisions about safety or getting out of the water.
  • Prevent further heat loss by removing wet garments, insulating the victim, and shielding him or her from wind.
  • Warm the victim with dry clothes and snuggling.
  • Administer CPR if the victim has stopped breathing.