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

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Timothy Binyon
Dr Ben Mackie https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7662-3357

Keywords

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

Abstract

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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