Hypothermia • “A decrease in the core body temperature to a level at which normal muscular and cerebral functions are impaired." • Requires immediate attention. • Does not take long or extreme cold for Hypothermia to set in! • Treatment relies on materials that most backcountry travelers normally carry. Use this equipment to create a "thermal burrito" or a "hypo-wrap."
Hypothermia Wrap • Lay out a tarp on the ground. • Place 1 or 2 pads down on top of the tarp. Two pads are always better than one. • Stack three sleeping bags on top of the pads. • Place the victim inside the sleeping bag in the middle. • Wrap the victim in the tarp. • Provide the victim with hot water bottles. These should be placed under the arms and at the crotch. Additional bottles may be held or placed at the victim's feet.
Questions? What else can be added to the First Aid Kit?