Traumatic injury places the patient at risk for hypothermia in both pre-hospital and hospital settings. Hypothermia significantly affects physiologic processes in the body and increases mortality in the trauma patient. Identifying trauma patients at risk for hypothermia, preventing hypothermia, and managing its complications are essential for positive outcomes. This article explores the physiologic ramifications of hypothermia, patients at risk, and management strategies in the trauma patient
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Trauma| May 01 1995
Hypothermia in the Trauma Patient
Diane E. Fritsch, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
From the Department of Trauma/Critical Care Nursing, Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1995) 6 (2): 196–211.
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Diane E. Fritsch; Hypothermia in the Trauma Patient. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1995; 6 (2): 196–211. doi:
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