Hypothermia--in the operating room and beyond [editorial]

Zvi Herschman
2004 Respiratory care  
In this issue of RESPIRATORY CARE we are fortunate to have an article by Kempainen and Brunette 1 that offers the practitioner a reasoned treatise on hypothermia, its implications and treatments. As indicated by the authors, there are some 700 deaths per year from hypothermia in the United States; however, there are many more nonfatal cases per year, and also cases of hypothermia reported as some other malady. The surprise in Kempainen and Brunette's report is the decline in the number of cases
more » ... the number of cases in recent years. With the move to greater outdoor activity one would think the trend would be the opposite. Likely reasons for this could include: better outdoor gear on the market; the fact that with more people out and about, the person felled by or at risk of hypothermia is more likely to be encountered by others; improvements in housing and insulation materials; and that some recent winters may have been less cold than in prior years. As data accumulate, potential answers can be better evaluated.
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