Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Low Body Temperature Treatment

Treatment for hypothermia depends on the severity. Treatment for severe hypothermia usually includes active rewarming techniques, such as warming blankets and pads, warm baths, warm intravenous fluids, warm humidified air, and blood rewarming.

Treatment options for hypothermia may include:

  • Passive rewarming for hypothermia:
    • Extra clothes
    • Blankets
  • Active external rewarming for hypothermia:
    • Warming blankets for hypothermia
    • Warming pads for hypothermia
    • Warm baths
  • Active internal rewarming for hypothermia:
    • Warm intravenous fluids for hypothermia
    • Warm bladder irrigation for hypothermia
    • Warm, humidified air for hypothermia
  • Additional active internal rewarming for severe hypothermia may include:
    • Warm peritoneal irrigation for hypothermia
    • Warm pleural irrigation for hypothermia
    • Blood warming for hypothermia

Low Body Temperature Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hypothermia:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Low Body Temperature References
  1. Epstein E, Anna K. Accidental hypothermia. BMJ. 2006 Mar 25;332(7543):706-9. [16565126]
  2. Jurkovich GJ. Environmental cold-induced injury. Surg Clin North Am. 2007 Feb;87(1):247-67, viii. [17127131]
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