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Wilderness Medical Society practice guidelines for the out-of-hospital evaluation and treatment of accidental hypothermia

Ken Zafren, Gordon G Giesbrecht, Daniel F Danzl, Hermann Brugger, Emily B Sagalyn, Beat Walpoth, Eric A Weiss, Paul S Auerbach, Scott E McIntosh, Mária Némethy, Marion McDevitt, Jennifer Dow, Robert B Schoene, George W Rodway, Peter H Hackett, Brad L Bennett, Colin K Grissom
Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2014, 25 (4): 425-45
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To provide guidance to clinicians, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) convened an expert panel to develop evidence-based guidelines for the out-of-hospital evaluation and treatment of victims of accidental hypothermia. The guidelines present the main diagnostic and therapeutic modalities and provide recommendations for the management of hypothermic patients. The panel graded the recommendations based on the quality of supporting evidence and the balance between benefits and risks/burdens according the criteria published by the American College of Chest Physicians. The guidelines also provide suggested general approaches to the evaluation and treatment of accidental hypothermia that incorporate specific recommendations.

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