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Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below 95°F. It happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Babies and the elderly are especially at risk. As body temperature falls, the heart, brain, and other internal organs stop functioning normally. Hypothermia can easily turn dangerous if not treated quickly and correctly. It is a medical emergency because it can cause death very quickly.
The emergency doctors and staff at Dignity Health provide expertise and care for hypothermia in Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas. Call 911 or come to your nearest Dignity Health ER for help. All six of our ERs in the Sacramento region offer state-of-the-art facilities and are available 24/7.
As hypothermia happens gradually, people often don’t realize it is occurring. Signs and symptoms include:
With severe hypothermia, shivering stops and you may actually start feeling too warm. This can lead to the irrational behavior of removing clothing. Eventually, loss of consciousness and death will occur.
The body loses heat in four ways:
Treatment and prevention of hypothermia is important. Here are some rules for preventing hypothermia:
If there are signs of hypothermia: