The hypothermia wrap is for more than just severe hypothermia patients. It can be used for any patient that may be experiencing a cold challenge and is not able to adequately generate their own heat. For example, a skier with a lower extremity injury awaiting evacuation has cold challenge on their problem list.
Wilderness Medical Associates lead instructors Greg Friese and Kevin Collopy quickly review basic hypothermia wrap construction in this video.
In the second video Greg and Kevin add an active rewarming device called the Mini-Rescue Warming Blanket from RG Medical Diagnostics. (www.rgmd.com)
What else can you do to keep a patient warm and protected from a cold challenge?
Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P, WEMT
President, Emergency Preparedness Systems LLC