What are the possible complications of ice water immersion cooling for hyperthermia?

Updated: Oct 14, 2020
  • Author: Erik D Schraga, MD; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Complications include patient discomfort or shivering.

Cardiac monitoring is difficult underwater.

Resuscitation is difficult underwater. If the patient develops ventricular fibrillation, he or she must be removed and dried with a towel prior to defibrillation.

Overshoot hypothermia (cooling core body temperature to less than 39°C) must be avoided.


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