Nights Mistress (nights_mistress) wrote in little_details,
Nights Mistress

Patient's experiences with hypothermia and treatment

Hi there!  I've done a few searches (mostly focused on the objective stuff like "What treatment is required?" because subjective experiences are hard to google) and while I'm very, very confident that I can work out what happens to my character, what I can't work out is what it would feel like to them. 

Important Details
  • primary hypothermia caused by exposure to cold air and water (through a storm)
  • body temperature drops to about 32 C/89.6 F
  • character lost consciousness before the hypothermic symptoms started due to exhaustion.
  • character is in their early teens, very active, no previous experience with hypothermia (I don't think the gender matters too much for treatment, but it's a girl.)
  • character received the usual emergency treatment things that hours of googling tells me they should get, but was still hospitalised for a few days because ... that's what my google searches also tells me what happens.
So my questions are:
  1. what kind of hospital treatment do they receive and when? I've been using this as a general guide but while it gives me a feeling, it doesn't tell me when it begins (is it in the ambulance?  At the hospital? When does it stop?).
  2. what does it feel like to the patient to experience hypothermia and treatment?
Thank you all for your time!
Tags: ~medicine: hypothermia

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