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Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it.

Outdoorsman wrapped in a thermal foil blanket to prevent hypothermia
Contributing Factors
  • Extreme cold
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Slower metabolic rates, as in older people
  • Other medical conditions
  • Uncontrolled shivering
  • Slow slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • Irrational behavior
  • Lack of movement
  • Sleepiness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing that can wick away moisture.
  • Keep your head covered.