• James B. Reuler


In the minds of many health care practitioners, the problem of hypothermia is associated either with a dramatic presentation that is related to severe environmental exposure in the wilderness or with alcohol intoxication. Over the past 25 years, however, it has become recognized that elderly persons are at risk for developing this disorder, which may present in a subtle fashion. Much work has been done in Great Britain to characterize the epidemiology of hypothermia in elderly persons. For the United States, with its higher latitudes and larger elderly population, this problem likely represents a public health issue, particularly in times of decreasing economic resources. In this chapter, the problem of hypothermia in elderly persons will be discussed. For more broadly based treatises on accidental hypothermia, the reader is referred to several reviews.1–5


Core Temperature Elderly Person Accidental Hypothermia Hypothermic Patient Cutaneous Vasoconstriction 
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