Hypothermia le Dr Isaac Mashitisho – Specialist Physician

Our country has been struck by a cold front for the whole of this current week. Fortunately schools are closed so kids are safer as they get to be indoors the whole day, not being exposed to the coldness outside. Unfortunately this also happens to be the time where elderly go out for their pension grants pay out, others have to go to the shops because they stay alone. This is where they get vulnerable to a condition called Hypothermia.
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. The condition is often caused by exposure to cold weather or being busy outside in cold water. Primary treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body back to a normal temperature.
Shivering is usually the first noticeably symptom as the temperature starts to drop because it's the body's automatic defence against cold temperature, an attempt to warm itself. Other signs and symptoms of hypothermia include: Slurred speech or mumbling, Slow, shallow breathing, Weak pulse, Clumsiness or lack of coordination, Drowsiness or very low energy, Confusion or memory loss, Loss of consciousness and Bright red, cold skin (in infants)