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

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

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Abstract

To provide guidance to clinicians, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) 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 the balance between benefits and risks/burdens according 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-445
Number of pages21
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • accidental hypothermia
  • avalanche
  • cold
  • hypothermia
  • resuscitation
  • rewarming
  • wilderness medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Zafren, K., Giesbrecht, G. G., Danzl, D. F., Brugger, H., Sagalyn, E. B., Walpoth, B., ... Grissom, C. K. (2014). Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 25(4), 425-445. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wem.2014.09.002

Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia. / Zafren, Ken; Giesbrecht, Gordon G.; Danzl, Daniel F.; Brugger, Hermann; Sagalyn, Emily B.; Walpoth, Beat; Weiss, Eric A.; Auerbach, Paul S.; McIntosh, Scott E.; Némethy, Mária; McDevitt, Marion; Dow, Jennifer; Schoene, Robert B.; Rodway, George W; Hackett, Peter H.; Bennett, Brad L.; Grissom, Colin K.

In: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 4, 01.12.2014, p. 425-445.

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Zafren, K, Giesbrecht, GG, Danzl, DF, Brugger, H, Sagalyn, EB, Walpoth, B, Weiss, EA, Auerbach, PS, McIntosh, SE, Némethy, M, McDevitt, M, Dow, J, Schoene, RB, Rodway, GW, Hackett, PH, Bennett, BL & Grissom, CK 2014, 'Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia', Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 425-445. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wem.2014.09.002
Zafren, Ken ; Giesbrecht, Gordon G. ; Danzl, Daniel F. ; Brugger, Hermann ; Sagalyn, Emily B. ; Walpoth, Beat ; Weiss, Eric A. ; Auerbach, Paul S. ; McIntosh, Scott E. ; Némethy, Mária ; McDevitt, Marion ; Dow, Jennifer ; Schoene, Robert B. ; Rodway, George W ; Hackett, Peter H. ; Bennett, Brad L. ; Grissom, Colin K. / Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia. In: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 25, No. 4. pp. 425-445.
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