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EMS Blankets Keep Trauma Patients Warm

by mdsassociates
Mon, Oct 10th 2022 08:00 am

Keeping Trauma Patients Warm

Medical conditions such as a heart attack or trauma caused by an accident may require emergency resuscitation whenever a patient is unable to breath or their heart stops beating. While cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is critical, hypothermia could occur, especially in instances of trauma and worsen the patient's condition, leading to long term complications and even death. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) need to be cognizant of this risk, and if there's any indication of hypothermia, they take immediate steps to warm the patient.

Hypothermia & Contributing Factors

While exposure to cold temperature increases the risk of hypothermia, it can be caused by other factors as well. These include illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, exhaustion, alcohol and medication. Homeless and poor people without adequate heating are susceptible, as are children, especially if they are inadequately dressed for the weather. Hypothermia as a result of trauma arising from vehicular and other accidents is another factor, particularly if there are serious injuries and bleeding.

Identifying & Treating Hypothermia

The clinical definition of hypothermia is anyone whose core body temperature is below 95 °F. While it's not easy to determine exact temperature in the field, checking for the following physical symptoms can save a life:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Shivering
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination
  • Confusion/Memory loss
  • Drowsiness
  • Pale skin coloration

If a patient is suffering from severe hypothermia they may:

  • Lose consciousness
  • Stop shivering
  • Have no pulse
  • Develop low blood pressure
If there's any doubt, the best, safest thing to do is to assume that a patient is suffering from hypothermia and start treating it.. Get the patient to a warm, dry shelter. If it's not immediately possible to move the patient, remove any wet or damp clothing and cover them with the appropriate blanket for the conditions.
 
From transport to hospital,  EMS blankets can prevent further temperature drop and rewarm the patient. MDS offers a large variety of single-use medical blankets to meet your medical and emergency needs. Start stocking your emergency medical team with high quality EMS blanket products that protect and comfort your patients.
 
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