There are multiple learning tools used as an adjunctive aide memoire. Herewith a collection of Toxicological related mnemonics used with varying frequency throughout the conundrums. Let us know if you have any more to add...
Paediatric Hypothermia predisposition: radiation (large surface area to volume ratio, large head); convective (repeated examinations with exposure to atmosphere); conductive (loss of heat into bed); thermoregulatory response altered (sedation or paralysis, neurological injury)
Temperature and TBI. Induced hypothermia has been used for years to reduced cerebral metabolic rate; manipulation of temperature has been shown to effect certain types of brain injury (therapeutic hypothermia in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest).
The classic teaching is that nobody is dead until they are warm and dead. But as previously discussed, knowing which patients are likely to survive (and thus warrant lifesaving efforts) is difficult to ascertain.
With much of the US experiencing colder than normal temperatures, a timely post about hypothermia is in order. This post won’t talk about therapies though, instead it will discuss a neat little article from Resuscitation published as free open access…
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