Head Injuries and Heat Loss
How to diagnose in the field:
Altered Mental Status
Trauma to Head
Sensitivity to light or noise
Unequal pupils in a late sign
Slow Bleeds - subdural bleeds
Quick Bleeds - epidural bleeds
AMS patients should be disarmed - make it a fair fight
Hypothermia is part of the lethal triad
Lethal triad: A combination of acidosis, coagulopathy and hypothermia that usually leads to death in a patient experiencing trauma.
Acidosis: Lower than normal pH due to increased hydrogen ion concentration.
Coagulation system: A temperature- and pH-dependent series of complex enzymatic reactions that result in the formation of blood clots to stop both internal and external hemorrhage.
Coagulopathy: Any disorder of the blood that makes it difficult for blood to coagulate.
Hypothermia: Lowered body core temperature.
Temp below 95 F / 32 C can effect how the body clotts
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Works great IF you have both hands free