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Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can make it, and your core temperature drops below 95 F°. As body temperature falls, your internal organs stop working normally, making hypothermia a medical emergency.
Dignity Health North State provides emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including help for hypothermia, in Northern California. Call 911 or select an estimated arrival time to your nearest Dignity Health North State ER using InQuicker.
Hypothermia happens slowly — sometimes, people do not even realize its effects. Be on the lookout for:
With severe hypothermia, you will stop shivering and may actually begin to feel too warm. In some extreme cases, people irrationally remove their clothes. Left untreated, hypothermia will lead to loss of consciousness, and then death.
There are four ways by which your body can lose heat:
Accidental hypothermia is usually caused by conduction or convection.
Take these actions to prevent hypothermia:
If you observe someone experiencing hypothermia, do the following:
Do you know what to do in a medical emergency? Take a Dignity Health North State basic life support class at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, and be prepared to take life-saving measures when needed.
Dignity Health North State delivers timely emergency care, including treatment for hypothermia, in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.