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Hypothermia is when your core body temperature is below 95°F. It happens when the body loses heat faster than it can replace it. The elderly and babies are at the highest risk. As body temperature falls, the brain, heart, and other internal organs stop functioning normally. Hypothermia can be fatal very quickly and is a medical emergency.
Use InQuicker, the Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican online waiting service, to select your estimated arrival time at the emergency room for hypothermia in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
Hypothermia is caused by the body losing heat in four ways:
Most cases of accidental hypothermia are caused by convection or conduction.
Hypothermia occurs gradually. Often, people don’t even realize it. Signs and symptoms include:
In severe hypothermia, shivering stops and the person may actually start feeling too warm. This can lead to the irrational behaviors, such as removing clothing. Eventually, loss of consciousness and death will occur.
Some tips for preventing hypothermia include:
If you or someone you are with has signs of hypothermia:
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers emergency services for hypothermia in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.