Database of post-mortem rectal cooling cases under strictly controlled conditions: a useful tool in death time estimation
STUDY OBJECTIVES To study the treatment of moderate-to-severe hypothermia using a combination of core rewarming techniques. DESIGN A prospective study. SETTING The emergency department of an urban, community hospital. TYPE OF PATIENTS: Sixteen patients who presented with accidental hypothermia with a core temperature of less than 32 C. INTERVENTIONS All patients were treated with warmed IV fluids either through central or peripheral IV lines and heated aerosol masks. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS The patients had a mean rewarming rate of 1.16 C/hr; all survived. The majority were chronic alcoholic patients who presented with multiple medical conditions that required hospitalization. CONCLUSION All patients recovered with this method of core rewarming.