Hypothermia and the trauma patient.

  title={Hypothermia and the trauma patient.},
  author={Andrew W Kirkpatrick and R. Chun and Rachel Brown and Richard Keith Simons},
  journal={Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie},
  volume={42 5},
Hypothermia has profound effects on every system in the body, causing an overall slowing of enzymatic reactions and reduced metabolic requirements. Hypothermic, acutely injured patients with multisystem trauma have adverse outcomes when compared with normothermic control patients. Trauma patients are inherently predisposed to hypothermia from a variety of intrinsic and iatrogenic causes. Coagulation and cardiac sequelae are the most pertinent physiological concerns. Hypothermia and coagulopathy… CONTINUE READING


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