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Hypothermia (cont.)

Hypothermia Follow-up

People who experience accidental hypothermia with body temperatures in the range of 95 F to 89.9F (35 C to 32.2 C) and are otherwise healthy usually re-warm easily and most patients can be safely sent home.

Those whose core temperatures are below 89.9 F (32.2 C) are admitted to the hospital. Underlying medical disorders are investigated and cardiac monitoring performed.

Patients who attempt suicide by hypothermia need a psychiatric referral.

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