What are the physical characteristics of a person with mild hypothermia (32-35°C)?

Updated: Nov 08, 2018
  • Author: James Li, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Between 34°C and 35°C, most people shiver vigorously, usually in all extremities.

As the temperature drops below 34°C, a patient may develop altered judgment, amnesia, and dysarthria. Respiratory rate may increase.

At approximately 33°C, ataxia and apathy may be seen. Patients generally are stable hemodynamically and able to compensate for the symptoms.

In this temperature range, the following may also be observed: hyperventilation, tachypnea, tachycardia, and cold diuresis as renal concentrating ability is compromised.


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