Transcarpathians, beware of hypothermia

8 January 2016 15:53  22113436 0114545
Transcarpathians, beware of hypothermia!

Doctors point out that with the onset of the cold period, the number of accidents and deaths from hypothermia increases. Since September this year, 5 people died in the region due to total body hypothermia.


Due to the significant decrease in daily temperature, please follow the advice of doctors on how to avoid the harmful effects of low temperatures on the body.


General Information

 The causes of hypothermia are different. General hypothermia is the most dangerous for the human body, if a person is:

  • hungry;
  • intoxicated;
  • tired;
  • in the water;
  • injured;
  • elderly or child.

Bad, uncomfortable, wet clothes and severe weather conditions exacerbate the negative effects of total body hypothermia.


It should be noted that hypothermia occurs most likely if a person is in a cold water. At a temperature of about 0 degrees, untrained body can not hold out for more than an hour. Initial symptoms of hypothermia:

  • cyanosis of the lips;
  • cold skin;
  • dyspnea;
  • excitation;
  • pallor;
  • chills;
  • rapid heartbeat;
  • "gooseflesh".

If a person is not provided with timely help, the following symptoms are manifested:

  • fatigue;
  • weakness;
  • constraint;
  • drowsiness;
  • apathy;
  • loss of consciousness;
  • cardiac arrest.

Types of total body hypothermia

  1. The first stage - 34-35 ° C, possible frostbite of the extremities, chills, speech difficulties.
  2. The second stage - 31 ° C, weak heartbeat, low blood pressure, drowsiness, slow breathing, possible severe frostbite of the extremities.
  3. The third stage - below 31 ° C, oxygen starvation of the brain, seizures and vomiting, loss of breath.

In case of hypothermia, the victim must be provided with medical help. It is important to note that even a slight total body hypothermia weakens the body, provokes stress and acute respiratory diseases, violates cerebral functions. Older people and children should be especially protected from hypothermia .

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