Novel Measurement Approaches Are Needed In The Pre-Hospital Setting To Prevent Accidental Hypothermia.

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Timothy Binyon
Dr Ben Mackie


Accidental hypothermia, Core temperature, Esophageal probe, Pre-Hospital Care, Temperature measurement


Accidental hypothermia can be fatal if not recognised early, and effective management relies on the accurate recording of core body temperature. The focus of this critique - a recent study by Podsiado et al. (2019) – highlighted the need for reliable measurement of core body temperature in the pre-hospital and austere setting. An esophageal temperature probe may prove to be a reliable, and best practice approach for measuring core body temperature in critically unwell, unconscious patients suffering accidental hypothermia.

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