Preventing Hypothermia – Graphicsinfo

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preventing-hypothermiaHypothermia is a potentially dangerous drop in body temperature, usually caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. It is often defined as any body temperature below 35.0 degree Celsius (95.0 Fahrenheit).
Human Body needs to be maintain at an optimum temperature to ensure that the metabolic process are functioning well. Due to high body temperature, proteins in enzymes begin to denature and can not  function. In cooler body temperature the enzyme slow down important metabolic process.
Deaths due to hypothermia are more during December and January. Hypothermia is a potentially life threatening condition and immediate care is very important.
Hypothermia Symptoms in adult  
  • Shivering, which may stop as hypothermia progresses (shivering is actually a good sign that a person’s heat regulation systems are still active).
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Loss of coordination, fumbling hands, stumbling steps
  • Drowsiness or exhaustion
  • A slow, weak pulse
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Slurred or mumbled speech
  • In severe hypothermia, a person may be unconscious without obvious signs of breathing or a pulse
Hypothermia Symptoms in Infants  
  • Cold-to-touch, bright red skin
  • Unusually low energy
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If individual is conscious, then moving him a warm place, providing warmth and warm drink.

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