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Hypothermia (cont.)

Hypothermia Prognosis

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

People with uncomplicated hypothermia do better as a group than do people with hypothermia and another associated disease. In fact, outcome depends more on the underlying disease process than the person's initial temperature or the re-warming method employed.

Age is not always a risk factor, although elderly people tend to have more associated medical problems. People with mild to moderate hypothermia usually have a complete recovery.

People with poor outcomes usually have had cardiac arrest, a very low or no blood pressure, and the need to have breathing assisted with a tube - all before arriving at the hospital.

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