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Hypothermia - 1 Assessment

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VOL: 97, ISSUE: 07, PAGE NO: 45

PHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION TRAINING OFFICER, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALL

MATTHEW KELLY, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NURSE;BEVERLEY EWENS, CONSULTANT NURSE, ITU, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALL

Hypothermia is defined as a core temperature of less than 35°C. It can occur when the body loses too much heat or cannot maintain its thermal balance. Children are at risk of hypothermia owing to immature thermoregulatory mechanisms, while older people have increased risk factors owing to altered thermoregulatory mechanisms.

Hypothermia is defined as a core temperature of less than 35°C. It can occur when the body loses too much heat or cannot maintain its thermal balance. Children are at risk of hypothermia owing to immature thermoregulatory mechanisms, while older people have increased risk factors owing to altered thermoregulatory mechanisms.

Other risk factors include: a cold environment, burns, overdose of medicines that lead to immobility, and surgery.

Close monitoring of the patient's core temperature is imperative, as it allows the nurse to detect temperature changes and implement and evaluate strategies to prevent further heat loss and rewarm the patient.

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