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Accidental Hypothermia S010
Current RMA Instruments
|Reasonable Hypothesis SOP||21 of 2018|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||22 of 2018|
Changes from previous Instruments
- ICD-10-AM: T68
- ICD-9-CM: 991.6
This SOP covers unintentionally low body temperature, with a core body temperature at or below 35 degrees. The condition ranges from mild to severe, causing death.
Confirming the diagnosis
The diagnosis is made clinically, based on measurement of core body temperature.
The relevant medical specialist is an emergency medicine physician or intensive care specialist.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
Conditions not covered by SOP
- Hypothermia due to anaesthesia#
- Induced hypothermia#
# Non-SOP condition
This is an acute event. Onset will be a short time (hours) before first presentation and diagnosis.
The only worseing factor is for inability to obtain appropriate clinical management. Moderate to severe cases require emergency treatment. In such cases there is a high mortality rate even with appropriate treatment.