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Hypothermia

HYPOTHERMIA—DEFINITION, SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, AVOIDANCE AND FIRST AID

By: Ron Parker, STS, CHST  


Hypothermia is defined as a body core temperature ( 98.6 degrees F. or 35.0 degrees C. ) significantly below the required temperature for normal metabolism and body function.  While in the military I had the pleasure of living in Alaska for three years.  If you like the beautiful outdoors and participate in sports such as hunting and fishing you would enjoy Alaska.  However, along with the good comes the bad.  Cold, and I mean cold, weather is a big part of living in Alaska you have to accept.  At times when on maneuvers I lived in a tent ( with no heat ) for 30 days at a time.  The temperature ranged from 10 to 40 degrees below zero.  Below are some things I learned from this experience.

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