Hypothermia is indeed an emergency condition. This is a condition where a person’s body temperature drops to a level far from normal. Normal body temperature ranges from 36.6 to 37.7 degrees Celsius, whereas someone is said to have hypothermia when their body temperature is below 35 degrees Celsius. Hypothermia occurs when the body is no longer able to produce enough heat to warm itself. If this condition is not resolved immediately, the organs in the body will be damaged and it is not impossible that hypothermia sufferers will not be saved anymore.
Symptoms of hypothermia
People who suffer from hypothermia will show the following symptoms:
• The body is shaking which indicates that the heating system in the body is still working properly. This shaking can stop because the person is free from hypothermia, but it can also be because the hypothermia is getting worse.
• Short and weak breath
• Confusion and senility
• Drowsiness and feeling tired
• Talk is rambling or unclear
• Loss of coordination, usually seen from unsteady steps or weak grip
• The pulse is weak
• In acute hypothermia, the sufferer will be unconscious with a very weak or even palpable pulse.
To overcome this, you should not just warm his body. The wrong way to deal with hypothermia will actually cause serious health problems.
How to deal with hypothermia right?
Someone who is suffering from hypothermia should get medical attention as soon as possible. Here’s how to deal with hypothermia as a first aid that you can do if you find someone who has an extreme drop in body temperature:
• Move the person from a cool place to a warmer and drier place. If possible, make a tent to protect the person from cold weather or strong winds. You can also place it in the sleeping bag to make it warmer.
• Take off wet clothes, tear them off if necessary. If possible, change clothes with warm clothes.
• Wrap the body in a blanket up to the head, leaving only the face exposed.
• Skin to skin contact (skin to skin) is possible. The trick, take off your clothes then wrap yourself with a hypothermic patient using a blanket. This is done to transfer your body heat to the hypothermic patient.
• If conscious, give a hypothermic patient a warm drink to warm the body. However, don’t drink containing alcohol or caffeine.
• If a person with hypothermia is unconscious, perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) procedures until the pulse returns or until medical personnel arrive. If the victim is conscious, give him warm drinks as soon as possible.
The above methods of dealing with hypothermia should start showing results within a few minutes. If a hypothermic patient has stopped shaking and is able to smile, he has started to recover. Conversely, if he is no longer shaking but unable to smile, it could be that his condition is getting worse. In this case of advanced hypothermia, the patient must be referred to the hospital immediately. There, he will be warmed with IV fluids, given the aid of heated oxygen, or have a peritoneal lavage procedure. As much as possible, seek medical help immediately if it shows signs of being severe.
Physical contact is not the correct way to treat hypothermia
From the explanation above, there is no suggestion for sexual intercourse, right? Yes, physical contact has never been recommended by any party as a way to deal with hypothermia, whether climbing mountains or even in precarious conditions. In fact, having sex with a hypothermic patient will actually threaten his life. This is because physical contact, such as rubbing, massaging, especially intercourse, can shock the body with sudden and high heat transfers, which is tantamount to dipping someone with hypothermia in hot water. Not only will it damage the skin, this sudden high heat transfer can trigger an irregular heartbeat so that it is not impossible for hypothermia sufferers to die of a heart attack.