BEAT­ING HY­POTHER­MIA

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Advice -

By DR PIERS PAGE, Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Low­land Res­cue (www. low­lan­dres­cue.org) “Hy­pother­mia is a re­duc­tion in the body’s core tem­per­a­ture, usu­ally due to en­vi­ron­men­tal in­flu­ences and an in­abil­ity for the body to cre­ate enough heat to re­place what’s be­ing lost.

“The best ways to stave it off are lay­er­ing, stay­ing dry, eat­ing well and stay­ing hy­drated, which are all ex­plained else­where on th­ese pages. But if you think some­one you’re with might be suf­fer­ing from hy­pother­mia, as well as per­sis­tent shiv­er­ing, look out for the um­bles… Grum­ble – com­plain­ing or be­com­ing ar­gu­men­ta­tive Fum­ble – Hand/eye co-or­di­na­tion de­te­ri­o­rates Mum­ble – Mut­ter­ing and speak­ing in­co­her­ently Stum­ble – Trip­ping over with­out ob­vi­ous rea­son Tum­ble – Fall­ing with­out ob­vi­ous rea­son “If any of th­ese are hap­pen­ing, take im­me­di­ate ac­tion. Stop, make them as warm and as dry and as well-fed as pos­si­ble, and if the symp­toms per­sist, call Moun­tain or Low­land Res­cue (dial 999 and ask for Po­lice, who will trans­fer the call for ad­vice – or res­cue if nec­es­sary).”

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