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dc.contributor.authorStrange, Barnaby
dc.contributor.authorDesjardins, Mathew
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-22T10:03:52Z
dc.date.available2020-01-22T10:03:52Z
dc.date.issued2013-06
dc.identifier.citationStrange, B. and Desjardins, M., 2013. Management of patients following cold water immersion. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 5 (6), 318-325.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1759-1376
dc.identifier.issn2041-9457
dc.identifier.doi10.12968/jpar.2013.5.6.318
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12417/580
dc.description.abstractAbstract published with permission. Sudden immersion in cold water results in a number of physiological changes within the human body. This disruption of homeostasis can have a detrimental effect on normal body function and lead to life-threatening consequences including drowning, hypothermia and sudden death. This article will examine the changes in physiology from the point of initial immersion through to rescue or death. Particular attention is given to the profound effects upon the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems as a consequence of cold water immersion. This is then reviewed and observed from the perspective of paramedics practising within the United Kingdom, who may face challenges that arise from this phenomenon. The pre-hospital assessment of immersed patients will be discussed in order to identify and address potential and immediate life threats, with specific focus on rewarming hypothermic patients post immersion.
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectEmergency Medical Servicesen_US
dc.subjectDrowningen_US
dc.subjectHypothermiaen_US
dc.subjectImmersionen_US
dc.subjectCold-Shock Responseen_US
dc.titleManagement of patients following cold water immersionen_US
dc.typeJournal Article/Review
dc.source.journaltitleJournal of Paramedic Practiceen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-12-17
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-12-17
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refterms.dateFirstOnline2013-06
html.description.abstractAbstract published with permission. Sudden immersion in cold water results in a number of physiological changes within the human body. This disruption of homeostasis can have a detrimental effect on normal body function and lead to life-threatening consequences including drowning, hypothermia and sudden death. This article will examine the changes in physiology from the point of initial immersion through to rescue or death. Particular attention is given to the profound effects upon the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems as a consequence of cold water immersion. This is then reviewed and observed from the perspective of paramedics practising within the United Kingdom, who may face challenges that arise from this phenomenon. The pre-hospital assessment of immersed patients will be discussed in order to identify and address potential and immediate life threats, with specific focus on rewarming hypothermic patients post immersion.en_US


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