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A guy who is into a little bit of everything...music (listening and making it), photography, DIY, technology, the outdoors (hiking, backpacking, climbing...), and trying to live by grace through faith. I also currently work at a high adventure camp in the Southeast where I also do a little bit of everything...


Mar
12
comment Is it ever safe to let a hypothermic person sleep?
+1 As you say, a big part of determining the severity of the hypothermia, if it's improving or worsening, is assessing the patient's mental state, which isn't possible if they are sleeping.
Mar
12
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@OlinLathrop - I'm with you that this severe case would take medical treatment beyond what's possible in the backcountry. If a person is this bad that the extremities have no blood flow (the vasoconstriction in the article), then would it not be the case that the body-to-body contact isn't going to be enough heat to actually cause the blood to return to the core anyway?If anything at all, it will just keep them from cooling even more. And maybe it's just semantics, but if the person is still able to swallow liquids without choking, then I would consider them more "moderate" than "severe."
Mar
12
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
Well I think part of the point of the article is that the severely hypothermic person is so vasoconstricted that this probably wouldn't happen just from the skin-to-skin heat transfer, because it's just not enough heat to really warm them up. This is a valid concern though, and I'm not sure about the extremities. Normal treatment methods call for hot water bottles under armpits and at the groin to heat directly near the main blood supply, so it seems that would also cause blood to pump back from the extremities. Anyone else care to weigh in on this?
Mar
11
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Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
According to that article from NOLS I referenced, skin-to-skin contact is the only way to get any real chance of heat transferred to the patient. Care should certainly be taken, but you'd want to achieve as much surface area contact as possible. Are you asking about the possibility of toxins harming you or the patient?
Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@ChrisCarr - By the way, welcome to The Great Outdoors SE!
Mar
11
revised Things to keep away from climbing ropes
Added paragraph about sunscreen and hand-sanitizer
Mar
11
revised Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
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Mar
11
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Oh yeah about the foot powders for odor control...I don't recommend it. It eventually accumulates in the shoes and kind of makes this combined, congealed conglomeration of sweat, dirt, skin cells, and foot powder that feels really nasty.
Mar
11
revised Preferred way to wrap someone with Hypothermia?
fixed busted link and re-worded some phrases
Mar
11
comment How should I treat hypothermia?
This is the proper link. Sorry, didn't know the link was busted. And @Greg.Ley I'm with you. This old practice needs to go.
Mar
11
revised Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
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Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@OlinLathrop - My training taught not to give any food or liquids to a severely hypothermic person as it can cause other problems, like a blocked airway. But giving food and liquid to a person with mild to moderate hypothermia was recommended to help supply the calories for them to generate heat on their own.
Mar
11
answered Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
Mar
11
revised Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
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Mar
10
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
What stage of hypothermia? The answer would differ between 1st stage vs severe hypothermia.
Mar
5
answered What to do with old hydration bladders?
Mar
5
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Feb
27
revised Do bear-safe rules still apply in the winter?
Added reference and reformatted
Feb
27
comment Things to keep away from climbing ropes
@DavidR - Thanks. There was another online resource that was more all-encompassing that I've referenced before when I had to train some people on rope, but I couldn't remember where it is. If I find it I'll edit this to be a little more concise. It really covers all the same stuff though.