Winter first aid: how to recognise and treat hypothermia

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  1. moonmoon says:

    This is some really useful advice, given the polar vortex that’s impacting the majority of the United States right now! Are there any recommended ways for best controlling the speed at which you warm someone up since you’re not supposed to do it too quickly? I’d also love to know what the best signs are that what you’re doing is effectively helping them. Obviously, I’d imagine, the potential victims body temperature would raise, and they’d regain their energy, but are there more subtle implications that what you’re doing is effectively helping them?

  2. cpefley says:

    Great tips! Especially the one about not warming the person up too quickly. I had a friend whose dog died because of that. It was awful! Hypothermia is so dangerous, and this winter has been a rough one. Thanks for sharing this advice!

  3. katews says:

    This is a very timely article because so much of the US is experiencing very cold weather right now (although it was worse a few weeks ago!) We have some bitter cold days coming up again within the next week and knowing first aid is very valuable.

    I’m glad you added the warning about the alcohol… I suspect many people would think that’s a quick way to warm someone up… not realizing that would be a wrong answer.

  4. snegal says:

    Great tips! This will surely come in useful in the North of England during these winter months. I was under the impression Alcohol would not have been the worst idea so I am glad to have read this.

  5. Linkzelda41 says:

    I agree that one shouldn’t warm up the individual too fast, seeing how the body wouldn’t be able to properly balance out that level of intake. The same idea can be applied to how swimming up to the surface too quickly can be bad because of things like osmotic pressure and such.

    It’s surprisingly cold over here lately in Texas, and it has been shifting from hot and cold like crazy that I’m starting to become concerned if it would be safe to wear no jacket only to feel cold an hour or so later going out somewhere. I should be glad to be in a house where conditions are controlled, because I know a friend that has to use their ovens as their main source of heat at times in weather that’s in the negatives!

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