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How do I give first aid for hypothermia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If a person experiences extreme or prolonged cold that causes their body temperature to drop below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, they have hypothermia. You should immediately call 911 and provide first aid until help arrives. Start by protecting them from the elements - getting out of cold is preferred, but if that is not possible, at least attempt to shield them from the wind or cold ground. Remove wet clothing and begin to warm the person. Warm compresses to the body's trunk are best. Do not warm the arms or legs or use hot water or a heating pad or lamp.

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