How Hypothermia Is Treated

Hypothermia is a medical emergency in which your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing a dangerous drop in the core body temperature. Without rapid and decisive treatment, the heart, lungs, and other organs can begin to shut down, leading to organ failure and death.

Medical treatment may involve passive rewarming, warming intravenous infusions, blood rewarming, and the irrigation of the lungs and abdomen with warm salt water.

The primary aim is to remove the victim from the cold and to rewarm his or her body safely until emergency services arrive.

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