Hypothermia is a heterogeneous topic. At one end of the spectrum are previously healthy people who suffer from cold exposure (for whom the rewarming is the primary focus of therapy). At the other end of the spectrum are patients with mild secondary hypothermia (e.g. due to sepsis), for whom the primary focus is investigation and treatment of the underlying problem. And finally, some patients lie in the middle – requiring both aggressive rewarming measures and simultaneous diagnosis/therapy for underlying problems. This chapter attempts to outline the principles used to manage all of these patients, with the caveat that these concepts will need to be adapted to the patient in front of you.
The IBCC chapter is located here.
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