Hyperthermia is a medical emergency that occurs when the body's core temperature rises above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be caused by many factors, including hot weather, strenuous activity, and dehydration.
Treating hyperthermia in the field can be challenging, but there are a few things that can be done. The first step is to move the victim to a cool, shady area. If possible, the victim should be placed in a shallow body of water. If water is not available, the victim should be cooled with wet cloths.
In some cases, it may be necessary to transport the victim to a medical facility for further treatment. If the victim's core temperature is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit, or if they are showing signs of shock, they should be transported immediately.
NSN: 6532016536054 as a Hyperthermic Cooling Option for Field Use
NSN: 6532016536054 is a small, lightweight, and portable cooling blanket that can be used to treat hyperthermia in the field. The blanket is made of a lightweight, breathable fabric that is impregnated with a liquid cooling solution called Arctic Aqua. The cooling blanket is packaged in a single-use mil-spec pouch and weighs less than one pound.
Polar Skin Cooling Blankets have been shown to be effective in cooling people with hyperthermia. In one human study, the blanket was able to reduce the core temperature of people with hyperthermia by an average of 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit in ~15 minutes.
The cooling blanket is a valuable tool for treating hyperthermia in the field. It is easy to use, effective, and portable. If you are working in a hot environment, it is a good idea to have a hyperthermic cooling blanket on hand.
Additional Tips for Treating Hyperthermia in the Field
In addition to the above, here are some additional tips for treating hyperthermia in the field:
Remove the victim's clothing.
Fan the victim.
Apply Polar Skin CORE ice packs to the victim's neck, armpits, and groin.
Monitor the victim's vital signs.
If you are treating a hyperthermic victim in the field, it is important to stay calm and act quickly. By following these tips, you can help to save the victim's life.