How do we measure Hypothermia?

 

 

Working in event medicine AND with the current trend for mass participation extreme Sports events with repeated immersion in cold water or even winter open water swims, the risks of environmental hypothermia may be seen more commonly than in the normal responses seen in the UK Ambulance services given our normal temperate climate.

 

This chart from our current event CPD roadshow for St John Ambulance HCP’s shows an alternative way of assessing the predicted core temperature in these patients GIVEN that measurement of this is challenging in the Pre-Hospital environment. This emphasises for us the importance of rapid identification and initiation of rapid aggressive temperature control in this patient group at least to minimise further temperature loss if not to achieve some very hard won Pre-Hospital warming.

 

Chart as enlarged picture HERE.