Frozen Mythbusters: Myth #8 of 13.
There are a variety of myths regarding human response to cold exposure. These myths are explained and debunked by Dr. Murray Hamlet, DMV, Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, PHD, and Frank Hubbell, DO. After posting the thirteen myths, a complete article from the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter will be loaded for anyone interested in all the chilly little details.
Hypothermia is an absolute emergency.
This is a typical mindset for both rescue as well as emergency department personnel. It is important for us to remember that hypothermic patients have normal physiology for their core temperature. They are very stable, if handled properly, and there is no need to hurry unnecessarily. In fact, rushing to do something is probably the worst thing to do.
Busted – Hypothermia is a medical condition that needs to be treated properly to help these patients regain normal core temperature. But, it is not an emergency; time is on their side.
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