Hypothermia

An Article by Worsley Training - First Aid Training in and around Wiltshire

 

Hypothermia
In this cold weather look out for the signs and symptoms of hypothermia easily remembered as the Umbles:

  • Grumbles – change in behaviour, expressing a negative attitude
  • Fumbles – slow reaction time, dropping objects, poor co-ordination
  • Mumbles – slurred, slowed, or incoherent speech, sleepiness or confusion
  • Stumbles – loss of control over movement, slowed motion, stiffness in extremities
  • Tumbles - falls unconscious

Treatment:

  1. Prevent further heat loss
  2. Remove wet clothing
  3. Provide shelter and insulation
  4. Give food and drinks