Hyperthermia and hypothermia in the elderly

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Abstract

Elderly populations are prone to both hyperthermia and hypothermia because of innate physiologic changes associated with aging, the presence of chronic disease, and the use of polypharmacy. Hyperthermia is a true medical emergency with a high mortality rate, requiring rapid cooling and aggressive supportive care. Hypothermia is a common finding in elderly persons. Patients should be warmed in the least aggressive manner that will adequately treat their clinical situation. Hypothermia due to underlying disease carries a high mortality rate, as does the onset of ventricular fibrillation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-229
Number of pages17
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Hypothermia
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Chronic Disease
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Hyperthermia and hypothermia in the elderly. / Brody, Gerald.

In: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1994, p. 213-229.

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