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Training Categorized: Environmental Emergencies

What is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a medical emergency that results when a person's core body temperature (CBT) drops from the normal body temperature of approximately 98.6°F to 95° F or lower. A drop in body temperature occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. When this occurs, the body forces blood to its core to keep vital organs perfused. Over time, CNS function slows down resulting in impaired thinking, feeling, and speaking. If left untreated, hypothermia will lead to complete cardiac and respiratory failure, and ultimately death.

Causes of hypothermia

Causes of hypothermia are typically classified by the amount of...

Electrocution injuries occur when a person comes into contact with an electrical source. Although rare, many electrocution injuries are categorized as critical because of the strong likelihood of internal damage between entry and exit wounds. Electrocution injuries have the potential to be deadly, and as EMS providers it is imperative that we know how to recognize and treat them. Electrocution injuries are classified in three ways: source (electrical or lighting), voltage (high or low), and current (alternating or direct). Each different classification results in a different injury pattern.

When dealing with electrical injuries, it is important to...