What You Need to Know About Hypothermia transcript

Hypothermia is a medical emergency. Cause: Prolonged exposures to very cold temperatures.

At highest risk:

  • Older adults with inadequate food, clothing, and/or heating
  • Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
  • Homeless, hikers, hunters
  • People who drink alcohol or use drugs
  • Outdoor workers


  • Shivering
  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion
  • Fumbling hands
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness Babies
  • Bright red, cold skin
  • Very low energy

If you suspect hypothermia, get medical attention immediately and try to warm the person up.

  • Get the person into a warm room
  • Remove wet clothing
  • Warm the chest, neck, head, and groin using an electric blanket or skin-to-skin contact
  • Give warm drinks
  • Do not give alcohol

To avoid hypothermia:

  • Stay indoors
  • If you go out, wear…
    • Hat
    • Scarf or knit mask over face
    • Water-resistant coat and boots
    • Mittens/gloves
    • Several layers loose-fitting clothing

For more information about hypothermia, visit cdc.gov/winter-weather/prevention/

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