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Signs and Symptoms

Hypothermia is a potentially life threatening condition where a person's core body temperature falls below 35.0 °C (95.0 °F), resulting in reduced blood flow, particularly to the skin. General observable symptoms include shivering, slowed breathing, pale skin that is cold to touch and, in some cases, disorientation.

Hypothermia First Aid

1) If the affected person is outside, get them inside as soon as possible.

2) Remove any wet clothing and replace with dry clothing. Wrap the person up in a blanket and provide warm fluids, such as hot soup or hot chocolate, and high energy foods, such as chocolate or energy bars. If you do not have a blanket, you could use cardboard, newspaper or plastic sheeting.

3) Call the emergency service number appropriate to your country (991 in the USA, 999 in the UK).

Further Advice on Hypothermia First Aid Edit

British Red Cross Everyday First Aid - Hypothermia

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