Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia: 2019 Update

Jennifer Dow, Gordon G. Giesbrecht, Daniel F. Danzl, Hermann Brugger, Emily B. Sagalyn, Beat Walpoth, Paul S. Auerbach, Scott E. McIntosh, Mária Némethy, Marion McDevitt, Robert B. Schoene, George W. Rodway, Peter H. Hackett, Ken Zafren, Brad L. Bennett, Colin K. Grissom

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Abstract

To provide guidance to clinicians, the Wilderness Medical Society convened an expert panel to develop evidence-based guidelines for the out-of-hospital evaluation and treatment of victims of accidental hypothermia. The guidelines present the main diagnostic and therapeutic modalities and provide recommendations for the management of hypothermic patients. The panel graded the recommendations based on the quality of supporting evidence and a balance between benefits and risks/burdens according to the criteria published by the American College of Chest Physicians. The guidelines also provide suggested general approaches to the evaluation and treatment of accidental hypothermia that incorporate specific recommendations. This is the 2019 update of the Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia: 2014 Update.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S47-S69
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • cold
  • resuscitation
  • rewarming
  • shivering
  • wilderness medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Dow, J., Giesbrecht, G. G., Danzl, D. F., Brugger, H., Sagalyn, E. B., Walpoth, B., Auerbach, P. S., McIntosh, S. E., Némethy, M., McDevitt, M., Schoene, R. B., Rodway, G. W., Hackett, P. H., Zafren, K., Bennett, B. L., & Grissom, C. K. (2019). Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia: 2019 Update. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 30(4), S47-S69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wem.2019.10.002