What is the treatment for hypothermia?

Anyone suffering from hypothermia should stop what they are doing and move to a warm and dry environment. Any wet clothing should be removed immediately. Blankets or extra layers of clothing will help the body preserve heat. Warm fluids can help with warming and can replace lost fluids. Alcoholic beverages do not help and should not be consumed. A person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing. In this case, handle the victim gently, and get emergency assistance immediately.

Even if the victim appears dead, CPR should be provided. CPR should continue while the victim is being warmed, until the victim responds or medical aid becomes available. In some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated. (This answer provided for NATA by the Marist College Athletic Training Education Program)

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