Overexposure to Cold
Prolonged exposure of the whole body to cold conditions - particularly immersion in cold water or exposure to wet and windy weather without adequate protection - can cause the temperature regulating mechanism to fail, with serious, even fatal, results. Infants and elderly are more susceptible than healthy adults. Alcohol and some drugs can decrease the function of the heat-regulating mechanisms.
Cooling of the body's deep organs and tissues to below 35°C, medically known as hypothermia, is a dangerous condition needing emergency first aid and medical treatment.
Mild to moderate overexposure
Symptoms and signs
Do not attempt to warm the victim by using a hotwater bottle or electric blanket, or by placing the person close to a fire or heater.
First aid treatment
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