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Can people with hypothermia be resuscitated?

Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
There have been multiple cases of children who have fallen through the ice and have been revived, sometimes more than 40 minutes after their cardiac arrest, from hypothermia. Doctors do resuscitations on victims of hypothermia sometimes for over an hour, never declaring the resuscitation code blue over until the patient's core temperature is back to normal. This is because there is a chance he or she can be saved.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.
 
Some people who have experienced hypothermia have been resuscitated successfully, even after prolonged exposure to the cold.

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