- Open Access
Accidental hypothermia–an update
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine volume 24, Article number: 111 (2016)
This paper provides an up-to-date review of the management and outcome of accidental hypothermia patients with and without cardiac arrest.
The authors reviewed the relevant literature in their specialist field. Summaries were merged, discussed and approved to produce this narrative review.
The hospital use of minimally-invasive rewarming for non-arrested, otherwise healthy, patients with primary hypothermia and stable vital signs has the potential to substantially decrease morbidity and mortality for these patients. Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) has revolutionised the management of hypothermic cardiac arrest, with survival rates approaching 100 % in some cases. Hypothermic patients with risk factors for imminent cardiac arrest (temperature <28 °C, ventricular arrhythmia, systolic blood pressure <90 mmHg), and those who have already arrested, should be transferred directly to an ECLS-centre. Cardiac arrest patients should receive continuous cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during transfer. If prolonged transport is required or terrain is difficult, mechanical CPR can be helpful. Delayed or intermittent CPR may be appropriate in hypothermic arrest when continuous CPR is impossible. Modern post-resuscitation care should be implemented following hypothermic arrest. Structured protocols should be in place to optimise pre-hospital triage, transport and treatment as well as in-hospital management, including detailed criteria and protocols for the use of ECLS and post-resuscitation care.
Based on new evidence, additional clinical experience and clearer management guidelines and documentation, the treatment of accidental hypothermia has been refined. ECLS has substantially improved survival and is the treatment of choice in the patient with unstable circulation or cardiac arrest.
The management of accidental hypothermia has made substantial progress over the last two decades and hypothermic cardiac arrest (CA) patients who often do not survive with traditional rewarming methods (e.g. dialysis, pleural lavage) have become increasingly salvageable with extracorporeal life support (ECLS). The aim of this review is to consider the substantial advances made in the last decade in the management and outcome of accidental hypothermia patients with and without CA. Based on new evidence, additional clinical experience and clearer management guidelines and documentation, the treatment of accidental hypothermia has been refined. ECLS has substantially improved survival and is the treatment of choice in the patient with unstable circulation or CA.
Accidental hypothermia: an update- part 1 definitions, diagnosis, prehospital management and triage
The management of accidental hypothermia has made substantial progress over the last two decades and hypothermic CA patients who often do not survive with traditional rewarming methods (e.g. dialysis, pleural lavage) have become increasingly salvageable with extracorporeal life support (ECLS) [1–8]. New recommendations regarding delayed or intermittent CPR may facilitate patient transport .
Although some pathophysiological mechanisms are similar, accidental hypothermia should neither be compared to induced hypothermia (as used in deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) for cardiovascular surgery) nor to therapeutic hypothermia (i.e. in targeted temperature management as part of a post-resuscitation care bundle): i) accidental hypothermia happens unexpectedly and is uncontrolled; ii) it is often associated with exposure to cold environments and/or secondary to impaired thermoregulation e.g. alcohol, drug ingestion, trauma, extremes of age or co-morbid illness . The elderly are at increased risk due to decreased physiologic reserve, chronic disease and medications that impair compensatory responses. The current lowest temperatures from which successful resuscitation and rewarming have been achieved are 13.7 °C  for accidental and 9 °C  for induced hypothermia. Successful resuscitation at even lower temperatures may be possible. This article gives a state-of-the-art review on accidental hypothermia management. An algorithm is provided in Fig. 1.
A working panel of doctors with a special interest in accidental hypothermia, including speakers at the IVth International Symposium on Hypothermia in Bozen/Bolzano (2014), addressed the current management of accidental hypothermia. Each doctor reviewed with individualized Pubmed searches the relevant literature in their field of expertise. Summaries were merged into this narrative review. Following discussion and approval, 279 relevant articles were included.
Cooling: implications for drowning and avalanche rescue
In accidental hypothermia, cooling rates depend on many factors including cold acclimatisation, body size, age, insulation (clothing and subcutaneous fat), ability to shiver, body movement, temperature gradient, the amount of body surrounded by a cold medium (air, snow or water) and local conditions that increase cooling e.g. wind speed, rough water [13, 14]. The crucial factor in all hypothermia cases is whether critical brain hypoxia occurs before protective brain-cooling takes place [15–18].
In water incidents, management is as for hypothermia on dry land, including careful movement to avoid precipitating a life-threatening arrhythmia  and keeping the casualty in a horizontal position when pulled from the water to minimise the likelihood of rescue collapse . These issues are discussed in greater detail later in this review. If an immersion victim (head out) is able to cling to floating wreckage or the edge of an ice sheet, they will eventually become hypothermic, although it may take up to one hour for this to become a life-threatening problem [21–24].
Submersion (head under water) duration is a direct measure of anoxic injury [8, 25] so that 2.5–5 min predicts a good outcome [8, 26–28], >10 min is associated with poor outcome [8, 26, 29, 30] and there is almost no chance of survival >25–30 min [8, 16, 26, 31, 32]. Although hypothermia may reflect a prolonged submersion time and poor prognosis , early hypothermia is an important reason why survival without neurologic damage is possible . Instances of miraculous survival with good recovery after submersion have occurred, mainly in small children submersed in icy water who rapidly became hypothermic prior to hypoxia (Table 2) [8, 16, 35–41], but also in adults [19, 42–44]. There are several reasons for improved immediate survival in children after submersion but from a hypothermia perspective, they cool more rapidly than adults during cold water submersion (<6 °C) [21, 45], especially infants, who have an inefficient shivering mechanism . Children have less subcutaneous fat, which at any age leads to faster cooling [13, 19, 47], and a higher surface area to body weight ratio . Aspiration of very cold water into a child’s small body is believed to immediately cool the heart and blood in the carotid arteries and therefore the brain [48–50]. Finally, a small child-sized head will cool faster by conduction than a large adult-sized head . Case reports repeatedly demonstrate a poor outcome after drowning, even after ECLS for rewarming [51–55] and use of targeted temperature management . In drowning, there are currently no methods to reliably predict early on who will survive or the likely long-term neurocognitive outcome, so in the absence of obvious indications of death e.g. rigor mortis , published guidance urges aggressive out-of-hospital and in-hospital treatment in all cases [16, 35], particularly in young hypothermic victims . Immediate full CPR (not compression-only without ventilation)  after drowning [59, 60] and the early arrival of EMS (<9 min) are associated with increased survival to hospital admission and survival to one month [8, 61–63]. However, outcomes are extremely poor if ALS takes >30 min to achieve ROSC, even with hypothermia . Retrospective analysis of a large number of drowning cases has produced a useful algorithm based on clinical signs and submersion duration to guide management and grade patients according to survival rate [32, 64, 65]. Understanding the implications of submersion duration on outcome is useful where decisions to rescue and care for a casualty pose a risk to the rescue services. This may contribute to the decision to change from rescue to body retrieval [8, 25]. Finally, although water temperature alone does not affect long-term outcome [8, 26, 28, 29], recent guidance for Search & Rescue teams has suggested that for victims who are continuously submerged (i.e. not in a vehicle where there might be an air pocket), if water temperature is warmer than 6 °C, survival/resuscitation is extremely unlikely if submerged >30 min; if water temperature is ≤6 °C, survival/resuscitation is extremely unlikely if submerged >90 min .
The cooling rates in snow in avalanche victims vary substantially. Although the fastest reported cooling rate in an avalanche victim is 9.4 °C/h , the accuracy of this figure has been questioned because some cooling would be expected to have occurred after extrication . However, another case of 9 °C/h suggests that some patients cool very rapidly . In avalanche burial, survival decreases dramatically after 35 min . Beyond this inflection point, survival is only possible if the airway is patent and oxygen support from the surrounding snow is sufficient. There are some rare extreme examples of avalanche survival [17, 69]. However, if an avalanche victim is found in cardiac arrest, the outcome is poor, even after ECLS for rewarming [1, 4, 70]. An algorithm is available for avalanche rescue . Current guidance is that victims are unlikely to survive if buried >60 min (or initial core temperature is <30 °C) and in cardiac arrest with an obstructed airway on extrication, or buried and in cardiac arrest on extrication with an initial serum potassium > 8 mmol L−1 .
The wider aspects of body cooling, avalanche rescue, drowning and resuscitation go beyond the remit of this review and are covered extensively elsewhere [17, 72]. In all cases, rescuer safety is paramount [17, 25].
Accidental hypothermia is staged by core-temperature measurement and clinical findings. A classification based on the Swiss system (Hypothermia I–IV; HT I–IV)  provides useful guidance in the prehospital situation (Table 1) using level of consciousness, vital signs, and core temperature (if available) to indicate hypothermia severity. A fifth stage (Hypothermia V) may be used to denote death due to irreversible hypothermia . The multitude of patient factors (e.g. age, gender, body composition, physical fitness, race, comorbidities, intoxication, multiple trauma and head injuries)  means that clinical findings do not consistently correlate with core-temperature . Consequently, CA may occur just below ≈ 32°C or vital signs can be present into upper teens . A staging system is a valuable clinical tool to facilitate triage and emergency treatment. However, definitive assessment of the severity of hypothermia requires accurate core temperature measurement.
Core-temperature measurement is essential for diagnosing hypothermia and assessing severity. The practical principles are identical for pre- and in-hospital use. Temperature measurement sites in order of decreasing invasiveness include pulmonary artery, oesophagus, bladder, rectum, tympanic membrane, oral cavity, and skin. Pulmonary artery temperature reflects central blood temperature and is the gold standard , but is too invasive for routine use, and it may precipitate an arrhythmia. Oesophageal temperature closely correlates with pulmonary artery temperature  if the probe is placed in the lower third of the oesophagus , and is standard for patients with a secured upper airway [77, 79]. Pre-hospital measurement in the bladder or rectum is impractical. The patient has to be partially undressed, rectal probes must be inserted to a depth of ≥15 cm, values of both lag behind core during rapid cooling and rewarming [80, 81] and may be falsely elevated if warmed peritoneal lavage is used . For in-hospital measurement of core temperature, inserting a urinary catheter with a temperature probe is a practical method in hypothermic spontaneously-breathing patients, as it allows for simultaneous core temperature measurement and monitoring of urine output.
Epitympanic temperature is reliable in patients with spontaneous circulation, but may give falsely low values with unstable or absent circulation . In a cold environment, epitympanic probes are only reliable after stabilising for a few minutes [82, 83], if the ear canal is unobstructed and insulated from cold air [83–85]. Tympanic temperature measurement should be by thermistor or thermocouple probes placed near the tympanic membrane, but currently there are no epitympanic thermometers with an insulation barrier available for out-of-hospital use. Infrared tympanic thermometers are inaccurate in a cold environment [81, 86, 87], in the presence of hypothermia [88, 89], if the head is cold [90, 91] or hypothermia onset is rapid . Oral temperature is accurate in normothermia , but not in the cold  and is affected by other factors e.g. head and face temperature [90, 91, 95] making it unreliable. Skin and exposed sites do not accurately reflect core temperature due to poor peripheral circulation and should not be used . Non-invasive flux-method devices have been developed  but validation studies in hypothermic patients exposed to a cold environment are required.
Prehospital insulation, rewarming, rescue collapse and afterdrop
Shivering and active movement are very efficient mechanisms of heat production and are effective rewarming strategies for patients who are fully conscious and able to move . At rest, shivering increases heat production up to five times but also increases oxygen-requirements . Shivering ceases when energy stores are depleted (within hours), core-temperature drops below an individual’s threshold (Table 1), consciousness is impaired, or sometimes during exogenous skin heating . Multiple trauma, other co-morbidities, intoxication, analgesia or sedation  may hasten cooling by impairing central and peripheral thermoregulation (i.e. shivering and vasoconstriction). When shivering ceases (HT II–IV), minimal rewarming occurs [101, 102] and in the absence of active rewarming, cooling rate increases .
A warm, sweet, non-alcoholic drink will not provide enough heat to rewarm a patient with HT I but will supply carbohydrate to fuel continued shivering [79, 104, 105]. Heat redistribution within the body can cause a continued fall in core temperature after removal from the cold stress–a phenomenon called afterdrop that may also occur during rewarming. Experimental studies [106–108], have demonstrated a ~0.5–1 °C afterdrop during minimally invasive rewarming and slightly more during exercise-assisted rewarming. However, patients often rewarm faster in the exercise group and no adverse outcomes have ever been observed in either group. Some experts argue that hypothermic patients should neither stand nor walk for 30 min after rescue-care commences due to concerns that exercise may exacerbate afterdrop and cause harm . In practice, patients who are awake and alert should not be prevented from mobilising if this will help the rescue [109, 110].
Emergency medical services should have protocols and equipment for managing hypothermic patients [111, 112]. The optimal prehospital transport and rewarming strategies are unknown but some human studies have compared insulation methods [113–116]. Lack of adequate insulation and heat during transport allows continued cooling, thereby increasing the risk of CA. Insulation from cold, wet, and wind as soon as possible is essential, particularly when removing an avalanche victim, as the cooling rate after extrication is faster than during burial . Experimental evidence and experience indicate that in a patient with spontaneous circulation, pre-hospital patient packaging should include a sealed impermeable vapour barrier [114, 117] (if the patient is wet) excluding the face [118, 119], an external heat source, dry insulation (the thicker, the better), and a wind barrier that also reflects heat . Bubble wrap is light-weight and water-resistant so can form part of a packaging system. However, it is available in different thicknesses with different insulation properties and is of limited use on its own [114, 120–122]. Removing wet clothes increases patient comfort but results in rapid cooling if done in a cold or windy environment [74, 115, 119] and is unnecessary if a vapour barrier is used [115, 119]. External heat (e.g. chemical heat-packs, warm water bottles or forced air blankets) should be applied to the head , torso and neck areas  during transport. Heat must never be applied directly to skin because of the risk of burns . Ideally the outer packaging layer will provide a wind barrier to minimise convective losses and a heat reflector will minimise radiation losses. With short transports (e.g. <60 min), active warming may be only minimally helpful and expensive. For longer journeys (e.g. >60 min), active warming should be used for HT I–III patients. Patients in CA (HT IV) being transported for ECLS-rewarming should ideally have their core-temperature monitored and heat delivery should be titrated to maintain the core body temperature. Prehospital rewarming or cooling of HT IV during transport should be avoided.
Careful handling and avoidance of rough movements are mandatory, especially in patients who have not arrested. Patients should ideally be transported horizontally by stretcher to decrease position-associated changes in venous return, which may increase the risk of post-rescue CA (rescue collapse), particularly if removed from cold water .
Triage and prognostication of accidental hypothermic patients in cardiac arrest
Brain oxygen-consumption decreases by ~6 % per 1 °C fall in core temperature  and reaches 16 % at 15 °C  compared with normothermia. This improves the brain’s tolerance for low- or no blood-flow states. At 18 °C the brain tolerates CA for up to 10 times longer than at 37 °C .
Many factors affect outcome from hypothermic arrest: (1) hypoxia (the most important single factor) ; (2) patient considerations (e.g. age, co-morbidities, trauma); (3) speed of cooling; (4) environment (air, water, snow); (5) CA features (body temperature; whether hypoxia preceded arrest; delay before instituting CPR, and CPR quality); (6) rescue considerations (e.g. adequate training to manage a low flow or no blood-flow state; speed of hospital transfer); (7) proximity of appropriate hospital facilities; (8) whether hospital staff appreciate the special requirements of these cases. The best chance of full recovery from hypothermic CA occurs in the previously-well patient with witnessed CA, in which continuous CPR is implemented immediately, timely ECLS commences and appropriate critical care support is available after return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). Trying to estimate the survivable duration of CA without CPR is fraught with uncertainty, but knowing the maximum times recommended for cardiovascular surgery when conditions are optimal (~25 min for adults >60 years or ~40 min for neonates undergoing DHCA at ~18 °C) may provide a starting point .
Avalanche victims who survived neurologically intact (i.e. Cerebral Performance Category (CPC) 1–2)  were found in ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless electrical activity (PEA) [2, 4, 127]. Survival chances are very low in buried avalanche victims with unwitnessed asystole at extrication [2, 4] because hypoxia has generally preceded CA leading to irreversible brain damage and death within minutes.
Clinicians have looked for laboratory markers to guide management decisions in difficult cases, but accurately predicting outcome in accidental hypothermia is notoriously difficult. Consequently, the guiding principle is that in the absence of signs incompatible with life, “No one is dead until warm and dead”, regardless of body temperature [8, 128]. The decision to withhold ECLS-rewarming is usually best-taken at the receiving hospital. Reasons may include death by hypoxia before hypothermia, K+ > 12mmolL-1, and any condition that is unlikely to be survivable in its own right e.g. major trauma, traumatic brain injury, intracerebral haemorrhage or end stage disease [8, 10]. Although no patient with hyperkalaemia >12 mmol/L has ever been successfully resuscitated, many patients with a normal potassium also do not survive so the utility of serum potassium for clinical decision-making is limited. A retrospective review of avalanche victims who underwent computer tomographic (CT) scanning in hospital suggests that admission serum potassium concentration was higher in patients with CT-verified brain anoxia compared to patients with a normal CT scan . Current European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines  recommend a potassium threshold of 8 mmol L-1 for avalanche victims and 12 mmol L-1 for other causes of accidental hypothermia  because one adult avalanche victim with a potassium of 6.4 mmol L-1  and a child cooling outdoors (14.2 °C) with a potassium of 11.7 mmol L-1  both survived neurologically intact (Table 2).
Oxygenation, anaesthesia induction and airway management
Indications to secure the airway do not differ from recommendations in normothermic patients . Intubation may provoke ventricular fibrillation (VF) in severe hypothermia [132, 133] but the risk is small [8, 134, 135]. There is little published data about anaesthesia in these patients, but the likely effects can be anticipated by extrapolating from studies done on animals, and in patients with induced hypothermia for medical treatment. Most intravenous anaesthetic induction agents cause cardiovascular depression so doses should be small. Ketamine may be safe in pre-existing hypothermia , but the sympathomimetic effects could theoretically cause problems for an irritable hypothermic heart . If succinylcholine is used for intubation, the potential for it to increase serum potassium should be considered . Neuromuscular transmission decreases during hypothermia, even in the absence of muscle relaxants  and studies performed in animals and humans during hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) have indicated that hypothermia <32 °C increases sensitivity to non-depolarising muscle relaxants . Hypothermia reduces the systemic clearance of CYP450-metabolised drugs (including propofol and ketamine) by an amount proportional to the fall in body temperature, increasing the likelihood of unanticipated toxicity [140, 141].
During anaesthesia induction and intubation, continuous ECG monitoring, CPR-preparedness and placement of defibrillation-pads are recommended. Normocapnia should be maintained during airway management and thereafter , because hypercapnia and hypocapnia can induce arrhythmias . Inspired oxygen can be titrated against pulse oximetry (if peripheral perfusion allows) or blood gas analysis (if available), as normoxia is believed to protect from arrhythmia . During CPR, ventilation should be provided as in normothermic CA patients.
Patients in hypothermic arrest often need prolonged CPR [3, 142–144]. High-quality CPR is the key to best outcome. During technically-challenging evacuation from difficult terrain, manual CPR may be impaired or impossible [145–147]. Mechanical chest compression devices can deliver >50 % of baseline cerebral blood flow in normothermic animals , and therefore are likely to provide sufficient oxygen delivery to vital organs in deeply hypothermic patients. They are of value during transport, and to maintain CPR whilst ECLS is being instituted [43, 149–161]. When mechanical CPR is not available and manual CPR is not feasible, intermittent >CPR has been suggested, based on three cases and extrapolation of clinical data from cardiovascular surgery under DHCA (Fig. 2) .
Continuous monitoring of CPR efforts to optimize cerebral blood flow is desirable. End-tidal CO2 (ETCO2) is commonly used as a marker for CPR quality [162, 163] but is not a surrogate for cerebral oxygenation, and it is unclear how to interpret the readings in hypothermia when CO2 production is reduced. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is increasingly used to monitor regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2) during CPR. NIRS may be used to predict ROSC [164, 165] and possibly favourable neurological outcome , though current evidence is weak [167, 168]. In an experimental hypothermic CA model, rSO2 values closely correlated with invasive parameters of cerebral oxygenation such as cerebral perfusion pressure and cerebral venous oxygen saturation during chest compressions . To date, there is too little clinical experience to recommend NIRS for routine use in hypothermic CA .
During normothermic CA, vasopressors are administered to augment coronary perfusion pressure and myocardial blood flow with the aim of increasing ROSC and survival to neurologically-intact hospital discharge . In hypo- (≤28 °C) and normothermic animal [171–174] and normothermic human studies, vasopressor administration was associated with improved ROSC [175–177], but not an increase in survival-to-hospital discharge or better neurological outcome [175, 178–180]. Larger doses of adrenaline may be associated with unfavourable neurological outcome , and the peripheral vasoconstriction may worsen concurrent frostbite [17, 182, 183]. Because the adrenaline question has not been resolved, international guidance differs. The ERC 2015 guidelines recommend withholding adrenaline administration in hypothermic CA (HT IV) and limiting defibrillation to three attempts until the core temperature is >30 °C . By contrast, the American Heart Association guidelines allow further defibrillation attempts concurrent with rewarming strategies and state that it may be reasonable to consider adrenaline administration during CA according to the standard ALS algorithm [184, 185]. In HT III, adrenaline has reduced effectiveness and accumulates, although whether this leads to overdose after rewarming is not clear . In HT IV, vasopressors should probably be restricted to weaning from ECLS. Although a few case reports have shown sustained ROSC after defibrillation at <28 °C [41, 131, 144, 187–192], most attempts are unsuccessful. A maximum of three defibrillations appears reasonable <30 °C and then waiting for rewarming to ≥30° before further attempts . Given the on-going controversies, it is acceptable to use either approach until further data becomes available.
The benefit of antiarrhythmic drugs in hypothermic CA is unclear. Many arrhythmias (e.g. bradycardia, atrioventricular blocks, atrial fibrillation, nodal rhythms and QRS prolongation with or without Osborn J-waves) are considered benign in accidental hypothermia, usually regress with patient rewarming and do not require further treatment provided the perfusion is deemed adequate. Pacing may be ineffective in these patients and is not commonly recommended .
Dispatching and transport decisions
Patients with haemodynamic instability or CA  should ideally be rapidly transported directly to an ECLS hospital as outcome is better, with survival rates of up to 100 %, compared with other rewarming techniques . The ECLS centre must be contacted early to allow time to organise the team and operating facilities before the patient arrives . There are many examples proving that in hypothermic arrest, good neurological recovery is possible following many hours of CPR, even with prolonged transport [1, 3, 132, 142–144, 187, 190, 193, 194]. If rewarming in an ECLS centre is impossible, it may be attempted in the nearest hospital if a dedicated team is available . If available, an emergency team with portable ECMO may be dispatched to a peripheral hospital .
Cooling rates may vary widely according to the individual situation. Insulation, hypothermia staging, and triage to the appropriate hospital are key. Hypothermic patients with risk factors for imminent cardiac arrest (temperature <28 °C, ventricular arrhythmia, systolic blood pressure <90 mmHg), and those who have already arrested, should be transferred directly to an ECLS-centre. Cardiac arrest patients should receive continuous cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during transfer. Delayed or intermittent CPR may be appropriate in hypothermic arrest when continuous CPR is impossible. If prolonged transport is required or terrain is difficult, mechanical CPR can be helpful. Outcome is best if hypothermic cardiac arrest is witnessed, high quality CPR performed continuously until ECLS rewarming is started.
Accidental hypothermia: an update- part 2 in-hospital management
In-hospital management of hypothermic patients
Rewarming methods can be classified as passive (protection from further heat loss whilst the patient raises their own body temperature), active external (delivery of heat to the surface of the body) and active internal (delivery of heat to the interior of the body). Common rewarming methods, their effectiveness in the hospital setting, controversies and potential complications are presented in Table 3 . Rewarming methods should be evaluated based on morbidity, mortality, patient comfort and resource-use efficiency. Attempts should not be made to rewarm frostbitten extremities until core temperature is >34 °C . During rewarming, all hypothermic patients will have significant intravenous fluid requirements as vasoconstriction relaxes and cold diuresis-mediated dehydration is reversed. Avoidance of hypovolaemia is also important in the presence of frostbite .
Interpreting arterial blood gases in severe hypothermia
Acid-base disturbances in hypothermia are complex because of changes in respiration, metabolic rate, plasma solubility of CO2 and O2 and buffering capability of the blood [79, 198–200]. Initial cooling may be accompanied by hyperventilation and a respiratory alkalosis but subsequently (e.g. ≤35 °C), a mixed acidosis often ensues from a combination of falling metabolic rate and CO2 production , respiratory depression (partly to maintain CO2 constant in relation to metabolic production , increased lactate from shivering and reduced tissue perfusion, and impaired hepatic function . In practice, some patients will be acidotic and others alkalotic , reflecting the combined-effects of concurrent pathology, individual variation and factors associated with the patient’s hypothermic events.
Blood gas samples are analysed at 37 °C, but with mathematical correction it is possible to express the results at actual body temperature. The difference has practical significance because altering the temperature changes the interpretation of the results and subsequent treatment . For example, normocapnia at 37 °C will become hypocapnia at 25 °C [198, 202]. One approach assumes that 7.42 is the ideal pH at all temperatures so that management is directed towards maintaining the arterial pH at that level (pH-stat strategy). A better approach in accidental hypothermia appears to be to recognise that pH and PaCO2 do alter with temperature (alpha-stat strategy) [200, 203]. This approach seems to be widely accepted now in induced hypothermia, e.g. DHCA for cardiovascular surgery, and is easier to interpret because clinicians are familiar with interpreting arterial blood gases at 37 °C. Evidence extrapolated from studies in therapeutic hypothermia suggests that it is generally associated with improved cerebral perfusion and neurological outcome [198, 204–206]. In hypothermia, more oxygen will be dissolved in the blood and PaO2 falls [198, 207]. PaO2 will increase when the blood sample is rewarmed to 37 °C. To maintain the body PaO2 in the normal range, PaO2 should be corrected for current body temperature in hypothermic patients [198, 208]. Other physiological changes in hypothermia are listed in Table 4.
In a hypothermic patient with CA, non-ECLS rewarming is only indicated if ECLS is not available for any reason. To be effective, rewarming by non-ECLS methods is reliant on the presence of a circulation so in a CA situation, rewarming is extremely slow, and until the heart is warm enough to restart, it is necessary to provide prolonged continuous CPR, which is very demanding. No evidence exists to guide the non-ECLS rewarming of hypothermic CA. Until an effective circulation is re-established, some experts recommend shielding the head from external heat sources (such as warming blankets) to prevent the brain temperature from rising too quickly. Regarding the choice of heating modalities, each device should be considered for its ability to assist with heat delivery against the potential to impair circulation. For example the use of pleural lavage has the potential to impair chest compression quality and may not be indicated if sufficient heat delivery can be achieved through other means. Extracorporeal devices that do not support circulation (e.g. haemodialysis) are relatively contraindicated because they can negatively impact the circulation and are relatively ineffective in the absence of native circulation to perfuse the external circuitry. The optimal rewarming rate is unknown. Theoretically, the most ‘dangerous’ time for the patient is from when the brain temperature rises >28 °C until ROSC is achieved. Current expert opinion suggests performing high-quality mechanical or manual CPR; rewarming as quickly as possible until ROSC is achieved; one or more external heat delivery devices applied only around the trunk to reduce the likelihood of afterdrop through peripheral vasodilation (e.g. heating blanket under the patient plus one or two heating blankets on the patient); warm bladder lavage through a 3-way catheter or if available, warm peritoneal lavage. Intravenous infusions should be warmed. Once the core temperature rises >28 °C, attempts at defibrillation may be considered for each degree of rewarming or with any change in observed heart rhythm. Given that studies have shown that prolonged CPR does not preclude survival , and that high quality CPR is possible with a mechanical device, transfer to an ECLS centre is recommended.
Extracorporeal life support
ECLS using veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) or cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) are the rewarming treatments of choice and should be performed in the presence of primary hypothermic CA or severe circulatory instability refractory to ALS due to HT III–IV. ECLS is safe and survival rates are higher than rewarming by other methods. ECLS immediately restores the circulation, maintains tissue oxygenation and CO2 removal and provides fast and controllable rewarming. Reported survival rates are variable (23–100 %) reflecting the wide variety of factors including environment (e.g. speed of cooling; hypoxic or non-hypoxic CA), patient factors (e.g. the presence of concurrent medical problems), causes of hypothermia (e.g. avalanche, water), issues arising during rescue, hospital selection criteria and facilities, and treatments available e.g. VA-ECMO vs. CPB [2, 6, 41, 209, 210].
The majority of patients with primary hypothermia will maintain a perfusing rhythm until <28 °C. Therefore, the indication for ECLS in arrested patients with core temperature 28–32 °C is more controversial since a larger proportion of these patients will have suffered CA from other causes and the chances of a good neurological outcome are reduced. The use of ECLS for HT III (<28 °C) patients (not in CA) may be considered in the following situations  (1) failure to improve with external active and minimally invasive rewarming methods, as described above (Table 3) (2) life-threatening arrhythmia; (3) hypotension (systolic blood pressure <90 mmHg); (4) respiratory failure; (5) refractory acidosis. Older patients, or those with comorbidities, that limit their tolerance for the low-flow state of HT III, may have better outcomes when managed with ECLS . Young healthy HT III patients should initially be rewarmed by active external methods and minimally invasive rewarming. For patients at risk of CA (i.e. core body temperature <28 °C, ventricular arrhythmia, systolic blood pressure <90 mmHg), rewarming should ideally take place in an ECLS centre with the equipment and personnel available on site until the patient has stabilized.
In the past, most ECLS rewarming was performed using CPB . More recently, VA-ECMO has become the preferred method due to its rapid availability, lower heparinisation requirements and the possibility of prolonging cardiorespiratory support if required after rewarming e.g. continuing cardiac instability, arrhythmias and post-rewarming severe pulmonary oedema [6, 11, 212]. In hypothermic CA victims, similar ROSC rates after CPB or VA-ECMO rewarming are reported though one retrospective study reported better survival with VA-ECMO . Multi-organ failure is not unusual and may require prolonged VA-ECMO to maintain adequate perfusion and oxygenation until recovery of organ function [6, 213, 214]. Veno-venous ECMO is ineffective in circulatory arrest, but it can be used in a haemodynamically-stable patient with respiratory failure after rewarming with VA-ECMO.
Cannulation of the femoral artery and vein is the quickest and easiest way to establish emergency access. Sternotomy is less desirable since it is time-consuming and CPR has to be interrupted. Ideally CPR should continue until ECLS-rewarming has started . Depending on the available type of rewarming (CPB vs. VA-ECMO), patients should be heparinised according to local ECLS protocols. In hypothermic multi-trauma patients, using heparinised ECLS systems and a reduction of the systemic heparinisation should be considered. New completely-heparinised VA-ECMO systems may be used for up to one week with minimal heparinisation. This makes ECLS rewarming also suitable for hypothermic CA patients with trauma and high risk of haemorrhage.
General anaesthesia should be provided to prevent the patient from waking or being aware during the procedure. It is generally advisable to start ECLS-rewarming with circuit temperatures approximately the same as the admission temperature of the patient, the idea being to avoid a large temperature gradient when ECLS commences . Flows are increased gradually in an attempt to avoid the risk of gas bubble formation and ischaemia/reperfusion-induced cell damage. Gradually increasing flow to 2.2–2.5 L min-1m-2, a pressure >45 mmHg, a rewarming rate of 1 °C per 10 min, maintaining a temperature gradient 5–10 °C between the venous blood and the heat exchanger avoids gas emboli and seems safe. Rewarming rates between 1 °C 5 min-1 and 1 °C hour-1 are commonly used, but the optimal rate is unknown and thus not standardized. When using femoral access, the presence of native cardiac function will provide a counter flow in the ascending aorta and aortic arch. Ventilation must be started as soon as ECLS has been established to avoid perfusing the heart and the brain with deoxygenated blood [216–219].
ECLS should be continued until the patient has a stable cardiac rhythm, adequate native perfusion and oxygenation, and a core temperature >32 °C. Inotropes or vasopressors may be used for weaning. Targeted temperature management should be performed according to local protocols and post-resuscitation hyperthermia should be avoided [41, 220, 221]. However, the main goal is to optimize haemodynamic status and ensure adequate cerebral perfusion. Cardiac stunning or multi-organ failure are not unusual following prolonged CPR, ischaemia and subsequent ECLS reperfusion, and may require post-resuscitation VA-ECMO until adequate cardiorespiratory recovery. In a recent study, severely hypothermic patients (with and without CA) rewarmed with VA-ECMO, bi-ventricular diastolic dysfunction persisted despite systolic function recovery .
Termination of ECLS is considered if there is no ROSC at 32–35 °C [10, 223]. The decision to stop treatment may also be based on additional clinical information, such as uncontrollable haemorrhage, new information relating to the cause of CA or signs of severe anoxic brain injury.
Prolonged HT III and IV from any cause are relatively rare, and although premature death due to CA may occur, successful resuscitation by ECLS rewarming is possible. The outcomes of all such cases are under-reported, yet much could be learned from them. Therefore, the International Hypothermia Registry  was created at the University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland, to collect case reports from across the world. If enough data can be gathered, subsequent peer-review analysis will permit the establishment of new consensus guidelines for the treatment of accidental hypothermia. All centres dealing with accidental hypothermia patients can contribute to the Registry.
Hypothermia in children
Cooling in children is discussed briefly in the section on hypothermia and drowning. The stages, symptoms and signs of hypothermia in children are broadly similar to adults. The most important clue to significant hypothermia in children is altered mental status. The presence or absence of shivering is not a reliable marker of severity of hypothermia . Unlike adults, small children may still have signs of life with a core temperature in the mid-teens  and a normal cardiac rhythm may resume when the temperature is 20 °C or less [192, 225]. Rewarming may be faster in children compared to adults given the larger surface-to-mass ratio and should follow the same principles as for adults [131, 133, 192, 212, 226].
Does a country benefit from an accidental hypothermia algorithm?
In contrast to robust recommendations for the out-of-hospital management of hypothermic patients [10, 18, 227] algorithms for the in-hospital treatment are rare: According to an expert meeting in Bern, Switzerland (2013), strategies for the assessment and therapy of hypothermic patients vary widely and although several hospitals have developed algorithms, they face challenges with validation, implementation and publication of suggested guidelines [112, 228, 229]. Because hypothermic patients are not only admitted to level I hospitals but also to smaller hospitals, recommendations should focus on a small set of universally-available transport and treatment options. Accidental Hypothermia centres and treatment algorithms should be developed within the present structures of specialized departments capable of ECLS rewarming [112, 228, 230]. These algorithms include training of emergency medical services for recognition and treatment of severe hypothermia, the special requirements of hypothermic CA, pre-hospital core temperature measurement, insulation, rewarming, adequate hospital-selection for patients potentially requiring ECLS-rewarming, as described above [10, 231].
A good model for co-ordinating hypothermia care has been created in south-east Poland. Medical personnel in- and out-of-hospital have been trained in diagnosis and management of hypothermia, and ECLS rewarming facilities and intensive care treatment are available. A coordinator, who is an accidental hypothermia specialist, is available 24/7 to assist in case a critically hypothermic patient is reported [160, 229].
The hospital use of minimally-invasive rewarming for non-arrested, otherwise healthy, patients with primary hypothermia and stable vital signs has the potential to substantially decrease morbidity and mortality for these patients. ECLS has revolutionised the management of hypothermic CA, with survival rates approaching 100 % in some cases. Hypothermic patients with risk factors for imminent CA (e.g. temperature <28 °C, ventricular arrhythmia, systolic blood pressure <90 mmHg), and those who have already arrested, should be transferred directly to an ECLS-centre. Cardiac arrest patients must receive CPR during transfer. In difficult conditions mechanical or intermittent CPR should be considered. ECLS has substantially improved survival and is the treatment of choice in the patient with unstable circulation or CA. Modern post-resuscitation care should be implemented following hypothermic arrest. Structured protocols should be in place to optimise pre-hospital triage, transport and treatment as well as in-hospital management, including detailed criteria and protocols for the use of ECLS and post-resuscitation care.
Based on new evidence, additional clinical experience with ECLS rewarming and clearer management guidelines and documentation, the treatment of accidental hypothermia has been refined.
Advanced life support
- CO2 :
Cerebral performance category
Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest
Extracorporeal life support
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- ETCO2 :
End tidal carbon dioxide
Near infrared spectroscopy
- O2 :
- PaO2 :
Partial arterial oxygen pressure
Return of spontaneous circulation
- rSO2 :
Regional oxygen saturation
Debaty G, Moustapha I, Bouzat P, Maignan M, Blancher M, Rallo A, et al. Outcome after severe accidental hypothermia in the French Alps: A 10-year review. Resuscitation. 2015;93:118–23. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.06.013.
Dunne B, Christou E, Duff O, Merry C. Extracorporeal-Assisted Rewarming in the Management of Accidental Deep Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Heart Lung Circ. 2014;23(11):1029–35. doi:10.1016/j.hlc.2014.06.011.
Boue Y, Lavolaine J, Bouzat P, Matraxia S, Chavanon O, Payen JF. Neurologic recovery from profound accidental hypothermia after 5 h of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Crit Care Med. 2014;42(2):e167–70. doi:10.1097/CCM.0b013e3182a643bc.
Mair P, Brugger H, Mair B, Moroder L, Ruttmann E. Is extracorporeal rewarming indicated in avalanche victims with unwitnessed hypothermic cardiorespiratory arrest? High Alt Med Biol. 2014;15(4):500–3. doi:10.1089/ham.2014.1066.
Walpoth BH, Walpoth-Aslan BN, Mattle HP, Radanov BP, Schroth G, Schaeffler L, et al. Outcome of survivors of accidental deep hypothermia and circulatory arrest treated with extracorporeal blood warming. N Engl J Med. 1997;337(21):1500–5. doi:10.1056/NEJM199711203372103.
Ruttmann E, Weissenbacher A, Ulmer H, Müller L, Höfer D, Kilo J, et al. Prolonged extracorporeal membrane oxygenation-assisted support provides improved survival in hypothermic patients with cardiocirculatory arrest. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007;134(3):594–600. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2007.03.049.
Southwick FS, Dalglish Jr PH. Recovery after prolonged asystolic cardiac arrest in profound hypothermia. A case report and literature review. Jama. 1980;243(12):1250–3.
Truhlar A, Deakin CD, Soar J, Khalifa GE, Alfonzo A, Bierens JJ, et al. European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015: Section 4. Cardiac arrest in special circumstances. Resuscitation. 2015;95:148–201. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.07.017.
Gordon L, Paal P, Ellerton JA, Brugger H, Peek GJ, Zafren K. Delayed and intermittent CPR for severe accidental hypothermia. Resuscitation. 2015;90:46–9. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.02.017.
Brown DJA, Brugger H, Boyd J, Paal P. Accidental hypothermia. N Engl J Med. 2012;367(20):1930–8. doi:10.1056/NEJMra1114208.
Gilbert M, Busund R, Skagseth A, Nilsen PA, Solbø JP. Resuscitation from accidental hypothermia of 13.7 ° C with circulatory arrest. Lancet. 2000;355(9201):375–6. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(00)01021-7.
Niazi SA, Lewis FJ. Profound hypothermia in man; report of a case. Ann Surg. 1958;147(2):264–6.
Tikusis P, Daanen H. Body cooling, modelling and risk assessment. In: Bierens JJ, editor. Drowning Prevention, Rescue, Treatment edn. Berlin: Springer; 2014. p. 849–53.
Stocks JM, Taylor NA, Tipton MJ, Greenleaf JE. Human physiological responses to cold exposure. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2004;75(5):444–57.
Topjian AA, Berg RA, Bierens JJ, Branche CM, Clark RS, Friberg H, et al. Brain resuscitation in the drowning victim. Neurocrit Care. 2012;17(3):441–67. doi:10.1007/s12028-012-9747-4.
Suominen PK, Vahatalo R. Neurologic long term outcome after drowning in children. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2012;20:55. doi:10.1186/1757-7241-20-55.
Brugger H, Paal P, Boyd J. Prehospital resuscitation of the buried avalanche victim. High Alti Med Biol. 2011;12(3):199–205. doi:10.1089/ham.2011.1025.
Brugger H, Durrer B, Elsensohn F, Paal P, Strapazzon G, Winterberger E, et al. Resuscitation of avalanche victims: Evidence-based guidelines of the international commission for mountain emergency medicine (ICAR MEDCOM): intended for physicians and other advanced life support personnel. Resuscitation. 2013;84(5):539–46. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.10.020.
Giesbrecht GG, Hayward JS. Problems and complications with cold-water rescue. Wilderness Environ Med. 2006;17(1):26–30.
Tipton MJ, Ducharme MB. Rescue collapse following cold water immersion. In: Bierens JJ, editor. Drowning Prevention, Rescue, Treatment edn. Berling: Springer; 2014. p. 855–8.
Golden FS, Tipton MJ, Scott RC. Immersion, near-drowning and drowning. Br J Anaesth. 1997;79(2):214–25.
Tipton MJ, Golden F. The physiology of cooling in cold water. In: Bierens JJ, editor. Drowning, Prevention, Rescue, Treatment edn. Berlin: Springer; 2014. p. 843–8.
Giesbrecht GG, Wilkerson J. Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries. Seattle, WA: The Mountaineers Books; 2006.
Schmidt AC, Sempsrott JR, Hawkins SC, Arastu AS, Cushing TA, Auerbach PS. Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Drowning. Wilderness Environ Med. 2016;27(2):236–51. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2015.12.019.
Quan L, Bierens JJ, Lis R, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Morley P, Perkins GD. Predicting outcome of drowning at the scene: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Resuscitation. 2016;104:63–75. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.04.006.
Quan L, Mack CD, Schiff MA. Association of water temperature and submersion duration and drowning outcome. Resuscitation. 2014;85(6):790–4. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.02.024.
Vahatalo R, Lunetta P, Olkkola KT, Suominen PK. Drowning in children: Utstein style reporting and outcome. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2014;58(5):604–10. doi:10.1111/aas.12298.
Suominen P, Baillie C, Korpela R, Rautanen S, Ranta S, Olkkola KT. Impact of age, submersion time and water temperature on outcome in near-drowning. Resuscitation. 2002;52(3):247–54.
Claesson A, Lindqvist J, Ortenwall P, Herlitz J. Characteristics of lifesaving from drowning as reported by the Swedish Fire and Rescue Services 1996–2010. Resuscitation. 2012;83(9):1072–7. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.05.025.
Suominen PK, Vahatalo R, Sintonen H, Haverinen A, Roine RP. Health-related quality of life after a drowning incident as a child. Resuscitation. 2011;82(10):1318–22. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.05.018.
Kieboom JK, Verkade HJ, Burgerhof JG, Bierens JJ, Rheenen PF, Kneyber MC, et al. Outcome after resuscitation beyond 30 min in drowned children with cardiac arrest and hypothermia: Dutch nationwide retrospective cohort study. BMJ. 2015;350:h418. doi:10.1136/bmj.h418.
Szpilman D, Bierens JJ, Handley AJ, Orlowski JP. Drowning. N Engl J Med. 2012;366(22):2102–10. doi:10.1056/NEJMra1013317.
Mosayebi Z, Movahedian AH, Mousavi GA. Drowning in children in Iran: outcomes and prognostic factors. Med J Malaysia. 2011;66(3):187–90.
Tipton MJ, Golden FS. A proposed decision-making guide for the search, rescue and resuscitation of submersion (head under) victims based on expert opinion. Resuscitation. 2011;82(7):819–24. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.02.021.
Wollenek G, Honarwar N, Golej J, Marx M. Cold water submersion and cardiac arrest in treatment of severe hypothermia with cardiopulmonary bypass. Resuscitation. 2002;52(3):255–63.
Eich C, Brauer A, Kettler D. Recovery of a hypothermic drowned child after resuscitation with cardiopulmonary bypass followed by prolonged extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Resuscitation. 2005;67(1):145–8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2005.05.002.
Thalmann M, Trampitsch E, Haberfellner N, Eisendle E, Kraschl R, Kobinia G. Resuscitation in near drowning with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2001;72(2):607–8.
Bolte RG, Black PG, Bowers RS, Thorne JK, Corneli HM. The use of extracorporeal rewarming in a child submerged for 66 min. Jama. 1988;260(3):377–9.
Schmidt U, Fritz KW, Kasperczyk W, Tscherne H. Successful resuscitation of a child with severe hypothermia after cardiac arrest of 88 min. Prehosp Disaster Med. 1995;10(1):60–2.
Biggart MJ, Bohn DJ. Effect of hypothermia and cardiac arrest on outcome of near-drowning accidents in children. J Pediatr. 1990;117(2 Pt 1):179–83.
Wanscher M, Agersnap L, Ravn J, Yndgaard S, Nielsen JF, Danielsen ER, et al. Outcome of accidental hypothermia with or without circulatory arrest: experience from the Danish Praesto Fjord boating accident. Resuscitation. 2012;83(9):1078–84. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.05.009.
Waters DJ, Belz M, Lawse D, Ulstad D. Portable cardiopulmonary bypass: resuscitation from prolonged ice-water submersion and asystole. Ann Thorac Surg. 1994;57(4):1018–9.
Friberg H, Rundgren M. Scandinavian journal of trauma, resuscitation and emergency medicine. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2009;17:7. doi:10.1186/1757-7241-17-7.
Claret PG, Bobbia X, Dingemans G, Onde O, Sebbane M, de La Coussaye JE. Drowning, hypothermia and cardiac arrest: an 18-year-old woman with an automated external defibrillator recording. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013;28(5):517–9. doi:10.1017/S1049023X13008649.
Meyer R, Theodorou A. Paediatric considerations in drowning. In: Drowning Prevention, Rescue. Treatmentth ed. Berlin: Springer; 2014. p. 641–9.
Klein JR. Children in the wilderness. In: Auerbach PS, editor. Wilderness Medicine edn. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby; 2012. p. 1952–77.
Brannigan D, Rogers IR, Jacobs I, Montgomery A, Williams A, Khangure N. Hypothermia is a significant medical risk of mass participation long-distance open water swimming. Wilderness Environ Med. 2009;20(1):14–8. doi:10.1580/08-WEME-OR-214.1.
Xu X, Tikuisis P, Giesbrecht G. A mathematical model for human brain cooling during cold-water near-drowning. J Appl Physiol. 1999;86(1):265–72.
Conn AW, Miyasaka K, Katayama M, Fujita M, Orima H, Barker G, et al. A canine study of cold water drowning in fresh versus salt water. Crit Care Med. 1995;23(12):2029–37.
Golden F. Mechanisms of body cooling in submersed victims. Resuscitation. 1997;35(2):107–9.
Eich C, Brauer A, Timmermann A, Schwarz SK, Russo SG, Neubert K, et al. Outcome of 12 drowned children with attempted resuscitation on cardiopulmonary bypass: an analysis of variables based on the “Utstein Style for Drowning”. Resuscitation. 2007;75(1):42–52. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2007.03.013.
Coskun KO, Popov AF, Schmitto JD, Hinz J, Kriebel T, Schoendube FA, et al. Extracorporeal circulation for rewarming in drowning and near-drowning pediatric patients. Artif Organs. 2010;34(11):1026–30. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1594.2010.01156.x.
Skarda D, Barnhart D, Scaife E, Molitor M, Meyers R, Rollins M. Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (EC-CPR) for hypothermic arrest in children: is meaningful survival a reasonable expectation? J Pediatr Surg. 2012;47(12):2239–43. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.09.014.
Champigneulle B, Bellenfant-Zegdi F, Follin A, Lebard C, Guinvarch A, Thomas F, et al. Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) for refractory cardiac arrest after drowning: an 11-year experience. Resuscitation. 2015;88:126–31. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.11.023.
Weuster M, Haneya A, Panholzer B, Kluter T, van der Brelie M, van Laak U, et al. The Use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Systems in Severe Accidental Hypothermia After Drowning: A Centre Experience. ASAIO J. 2016;62(2):157–62. doi:10.1097/MAT.0000000000000312.
Moler FW, Hutchison JS, Nadkarni VM, Silverstein FS, Meert KL, Holubkov R, et al. Targeted Temperature Management After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Due To Drowning: Outcomes and Complications. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016;17(8):712–20. doi:10.1097/PCC.0000000000000763.
Deakin CD. Drowning: more hope for patients, less hope for guidelines. Resuscitation. 2012;83(9):1051–2. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.06.004.
Bierens JJ, Warner DS. Drowning resuscitation requires another state of mind. Resuscitation. 2013;84(11):1467–9. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2013.09.005.
Venema AM, Groothoff JW, Bierens JJ. The role of bystanders during rescue and resuscitation of drowning victims. Resuscitation. 2010;81(4):434–9. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2010.01.005.
Kyriacou DN, Arcinue EL, Peek C, Kraus JF. Effect of immediate resuscitation on children with submersion injury. Pediatrics. 1994;94(2 Pt 1):137–42.
Claesson A, Svensson L, Silfverstolpe J, Herlitz J. Characteristics and outcome among patients suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest due to drowning. Resuscitation. 2008;76(3):381–7. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2007.09.003.
Claesson A, Lindqvist J, Herlitz J. Cardiac arrest due to drowning--changes over time and factors of importance for survival. Resuscitation. 2014;85(5):644–8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.02.006.
Dyson K, Morgans A, Bray J, Matthews B, Smith K. Drowning related out-of-hospital cardiac arrests: characteristics and outcomes. Resuscitation. 2013;84(8):1114–8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2013.01.020.
Szpilman D. Near-drowning and drowning classification: a proposal to stratify mortality based on the analysis of 1,831 cases. Chest. 1997;112(3):660–5.
Szpilman D, Elmann J, Cruz-Filho FES. Drowning classification: a revalidation study based on the analysis of 930 cases over 10 years. Amsterdam: World Congress on Drowning; 2002.
Pasquier M, Moix PA, Delay D, Hugli O. Cooling rate of 9.4° C in an hour in an avalanche victim. Resuscitation. 2015;93:e17–8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.05.009.
Brugger H, Procter E, Rauch S, Strapazzon G. Cooling rate for triage decisions should exclude post-extrication cooling in avalanche victims. Resuscitation. 2015;94, e3. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.06.020.
Oberhammer R, Beikircher W, Hormann C, Lorenz I, Pycha R, Adler-Kastner L, et al. Full recovery of an avalanche victim with profound hypothermia and prolonged cardiac arrest treated by extracorporeal re-warming. Resuscitation. 2008;76(3):474–80. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2007.09.004.
Boue Y, Payen JF, Torres JP, Blancher M, Bouzat P. Full neurologic recovery after prolonged avalanche burial and cardiac arrest. High Alt Med Biol. 2014;15(4):522–3. doi:10.1089/ham.2014.1082.
Boue Y, Payen JF, Brun J, Thomas S, Levrat A, Blancher M, et al. Survival after avalanche-induced cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2014;85(9):1192–6. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.06.015.
Kottmann A, Blancher M, Spichiger T, Elsensohn F, Letang D, Boyd J, et al. The Avalanche Victim Resuscitation Checklist, a new concept for the management of avalanche victims. Resuscitation. 2015;91:e7–8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.03.009.
Bierens J. Drowning. Prevention, Rescue, Treatment, 2nd edn. Berlin: Springer; 2014.
Brown DJA. Hypothermia. In: Tintinalli JE, editor. Emergency Medicine. 8th ed. New York: McGraw Hill; 2015. p. 1357–65.
Durrer B, Brugger H, Syme D. International Commission for Mountain Emergency M: The medical on-site treatment of hypothermia: ICAR-MEDCOM recommendation. High Alt Med Biol. 2003;4(1):99–103. doi:10.1089/152702903321489031.
Deslarzes T, Rousson V, Yersin B, Durrer B, Pasquier M. An evaluation of the Swiss staging model for hypothermia using case reports from the literature. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2016;24:16. doi:10.1186/s13049-016-0210-y.
Pasquier M, Zurron N, Weith B, Turini P, Dami F, Carron PN, et al. Deep accidental hypothermia with core temperature below 24° c presenting with vital signs. High Alt Med Biol. 2014;15(1):58–63. doi:10.1089/ham.2013.1085.
Lefrant JY, Muller L, de La Coussaye JE, Benbabaali M, Lebris C, Zeitoun N, et al. Temperature measurement in intensive care patients: comparison of urinary bladder, oesophageal, rectal, axillary, and inguinal methods versus pulmonary artery core method. Intensive Care Med. 2003;29(3):414–8. doi:10.1007/s00134-002-1619-5.
Whitby JD, Dunkin LJ. Temperature differences in the oesophagus. Preliminary study. Br J Anaesth. 1968;40(12):991–5.
Danzl DF. Accidental Hypothermia. In: Auerbach PS, editor. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby; 2012. p. 116–42.
Shin J, Kim J, Song K, Kwak Y. Core temperature measurement in therapeutic hypothermia according to different phases: comparison of bladder, rectal, and tympanic versus pulmonary artery methods. Resuscitation. 2013;84(6):810–7. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.12.023.
Strapazzon G, Procter E, Paal P, Brugger H. Pre-hospital core temperature measurement in accidental and therapeutic hypothermia. High Alt Med Biol. 2014;15(2):104–11. doi:10.1089/ham.2014.1008.
Doyle F, Zehner WJ, Terndrup TE. The effect of ambient temperature extremes on tympanic and oral temperatures. Am J Emerg Med. 1992;10(4):285–9.
Skaiaa SC, Brattebo G, Assmus J, Thomassen O. The impact of environmental factors in pre-hospital thermistor-based tympanic temperature measurement: a pilot field study. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2015;23(1):72. doi:10.1186/s13049-015-0148-5.
Walpoth BH, Galdikas J, Leupi F, Muehlemann W, Schlaepfer P, Althaus U. Assessment of hypothermia with a new “tympanic” thermometer. J Clin Monit. 1994;10(2):91–6.
Strapazzon G, Procter E, Putzer G, Avancini G, Dal Cappello T, Uberbacher N, et al. Influence of low ambient temperature on epitympanic temperature measurement: a prospective randomized clinical study. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2015;23:90. doi:10.1186/s13049-015-0172-5.
Strohle M, Putzer G, Procter E, Paal P. Apparent Cooling Rate of 7° C per Hour in an Avalanche Victim. High Alt Med Biol. 2015;16(4):356–7. doi:10.1089/ham.2015.0007.
Rogers IR, Brannigan D, Montgomery A, Khangure N, Williams A, Jacobs I. Tympanic thermometry is unsuitable as a screening tool for hypothermia after open water swimming. Wilderness Environ Med. 2007;18(3):218–21. doi:10.1580/06-WEME-BR-044R2.1.
Ducharme MB, Frim J, Bourdon L, Giesbrecht GG. Evaluation of infrared tympanic thermometers during normothermia and hypothermia in humans. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1997;813:225–9.
Camboni D, Philipp A, Schebesch KM, Schmid C. Accuracy of core temperature measurement in deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2008;7(5):922–4. doi:10.1510/icvts.2008.181974.
McCaffrey TV, McCook RD, Wurster RD. Effect of head skin temperature on tympanic and oral temperature in man. J Appl Physiol. 1975;39(1):114–8.
Lim CL, Byrne C, Lee JK. Human thermoregulation and measurement of body temperature in exercise and clinical settings. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2008;37(4):347–53.
Stone JG, Young WL, Smith CR, Solomon RA, Wald A, Ostapkovich N, et al. Do standard monitoring sites reflect true brain temperature when profound hypothermia is rapidly induced and reversed? Anesthesiology. 1995;82(2):344–51.
Lawson L, Bridges EJ, Ballou I, Eraker R, Greco S, Shively J, et al. Accuracy and precision of noninvasive temperature measurement in adult intensive care patients. Am J Crit Care. 2007;16(5):485–96.
Bagley JR, Judelson DA, Spiering BA, Beam WC, Bartolini JA, Washburn BV, et al. Validity of field expedient devices to assess core temperature during exercise in the cold. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2011;82(12):1098–103.
Cranston WI, Gerbrandy J, Snell ES. Oral, rectal and oesophageal temperatures and some factors affecting them in man. J Physiol. 1954;126(2):347–58.
Kimberger O, Thell R, Schuh M, Koch J, Sessler DI, Kurz A. Accuracy and precision of a novel non-invasive core thermometer. Br J Anaesth. 2009;103(2):226–31. doi:10.1093/bja/aep134.
Zafren K, Giesbrecht GG, Danzl DF, Brugger H, Sagalyn EB, Walpoth B, et al. Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for the Out-of-Hospital Evaluation and Treatment of Accidental Hypothermia. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014;25(4):425–45. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2014.09.002.
Iampietro PF, Vaughan JA, Goldman RF, Kreider MB, Masucci F, Bass DE. Heat production from shivering. J Appl Physiol. 1960;15:632–4.
Lundgren P, Henriksson O, Naredi P, Bjornstig U. The effect of active warming in prehospital trauma care during road and air ambulance transportation - a clinical randomized trial. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2011;19:59. doi:10.1186/1757-7241-19-59.
Marland S, Ellerton J, Andolfatto G, Strapazzon G, Thomassen O, Brandner B, et al. Ketamine: use in anesthesia. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2013;19(6):381–9. doi:10.1111/cns.12072.
Giesbrecht GG, Goheen MS, Johnston CE, Kenny GP, Bristow GK, Hayward JS. Inhibition of shivering increases core temperature afterdrop and attenuates rewarming in hypothermic humans. J Appl Physiol. 1997;83(5):1630–4.
Lundgren JP, Henriksson O, Pretorius T, Cahill F, Bristow G, Chochinov A, et al. Field torso-warming modalities: a comparative study using a human model. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2009;13(3):371–8. doi:10.1080/10903120902935348.
Giesbrecht GG, Steinman AM. Immersion in cold water. In: Auerbach PS, editor. Wilderness Medicine 6th edn. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby; 2012. p. 143–70.
Giesbrecht GG, Wilkerson JA. Too cool to breathe: Evaluation and treatment of hypothermia. In: Giesbrecht GG, Wilkerson JA, editors. Hypothermia, frostbite and other cold injuries. edn. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books; 2006. p. 38–56.
Oliver SJ, Brierley JL, Raymond-Barker PC, Dolci A, Walsh NP. Portable Prehospital Methods to Treat Near-Hypothermic Shivering Cold Casualties. Wilderness Environ Med. 2016;27(1):125–30. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2015.11.012.
Hayward JS, Eckerson JD, Kemna D. Thermal and cardiovascular changes during three methods of resuscitation from mild hypothermia. Resuscitation. 1984;11(1–2):21–33.
Giesbrecht GG, Bristow GK. The convective afterdrop component during hypothermic exercise decreases with delayed exercise onset. Aviat Space Environ Med. 1998;69(1):17–22.
Giesbrecht GG, Bristow GK. A second postcooling afterdrop: more evidence for a convective mechanism. J Appl Physiol. 1992;73(4):1253–8.
Brown D, Ellerton J, Paal P, Boyd J: Hypothermia Evidence, Afterdrop and Practical Experience. Wilderness & environmental medicine. 2015,, in press.
Zafren K, Giesbrecht GG, Danzl DF, Brugger H, Sagalyn EB, Walpoth B, et al. Hypothermia Evidence, Afterdrop, and Guidelines. Wilderness Environ Med. 2015;26(3):439–41. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2015.02.001.
Karlsen AM, Thomassen O, Vikenes BH, Brattebo G. Equipment to prevent, diagnose, and treat hypothermia: a survey of Norwegian pre-hospital services. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2013;21(10.1186/1757-7241-21-63):63.
Gordon L, Ellerton JA, Paal P, Peek GJ, Barker J. Severe accidental hypothermia. BMJ. 2014;348:g1675. doi:10.1136/bmj.g1675.
Williams AB, Salmon A, Graham P, Galler D, Payton MJ, Bradley M. Rewarming of healthy volunteers after induced mild hypothermia: a healthy volunteer study. Emerg Med J. 2005;22(3):182–4. doi:10.1136/emj.2003.007963.
Thomassen O, Faerevik H, Osteras O, Sunde GA, Zakariassen E, Sandsund M, et al. Comparison of three different prehospital wrapping methods for preventing hypothermia--a crossover study in humans. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2011;19:41. doi:10.1186/1757-7241-19-41.
Henriksson O, Lundgren P, Kuklane K, Holmer I, Naredi P, Bjornstig U. Protection against cold in prehospital care: evaporative heat loss reduction by wet clothing removal or the addition of a vapor barrier-a thermal manikin study. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2012;27(1):53–8. doi:10.1017/S1049023X12000210.
McIntosh SE, Crouch AK, Dorais A, McDevitt M, Wilson C, Harmston CH, et al. Effect of head and face insulation on cooling rate during snow burial. Wilderness Environ Med. 2015;26(1):21–8. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2014.07.003.
Ducharme MB, Steinman AM, Giesbrecht G. Pre-hospital management of immersion hypothermia. In: Bierens J, editor. Drowning Prevention, Rescue, Treatment. 2nd ed. Berlin: Springer; 2014. p. 875–80.
Golden F, Tipton MJ. Castaways: survival in an open boat or life craft. In: Golden FTM, editor. Essentials of sea survival. edn. Leeds: Human kinetics; 2002. p. 177–213.
Henriksson O, Lundgren PJ, Kuklane K, Holmer I, Giesbrecht GG, Naredi P, et al. Protection against cold in prehospital care: wet clothing removal or addition of a vapor barrier. Wilderness Environ Med. 2015;26(1):11–20. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2014.07.001.
Zasa M, Flowers N, Zideman D, Hodgetts TJ, Harris T. A torso model comparison of temperature preservation devices for use in the prehospital environment. Emerg Med J. 2016;33(6):418–22. doi:10.1136/emermed-2015-204769.
Henriksson O, Lundgren JP, Kuklane K, Holmer I, Bjornstig U. Protection against cold in prehospital care-thermal insulation properties of blankets and rescue bags in different wind conditions. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2009;24(5):408–15.
Jussila K, Rissanen S, Parkkola K, Anttonen H. Evaluating cold, wind, and moisture protection of different coverings for prehospital maritime transportation-a thermal manikin and human study. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014;29(6):580–8. doi:10.1017/S1049023X14001125.
Sran BJ, McDonald GK, Steinman AM, Gardiner PF, Giesbrecht GG. Comparison of heat donation through the head or torso on mild hypothermia rewarming. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014;25(1):4–13. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2013.10.005.
McCullough JN, Zhang N, Reich DL, Juvonen TS, Klein JJ, Spielvogel D, et al. Cerebral metabolic suppression during hypothermic circulatory arrest in humans. Ann Thorac Surg. 1999;67(6):1895–9. discussion 1919–1821.
Locher T, Walpoth B, Pfluger D, Althaus U. Accidental hypothermia in Switzerland (1980–1987)—case reports and prognostic factors. Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1991;121(27–28):1020–8.
A randomized clinical study of cardiopulmonary-cerebral resuscitation: design, methods, and patient characteristics. Brain Resuscitation Clinical Trial I Study Group. Am J emerg Med. 1986;4(1):72-86
Moroder L, Mair B, Brugger H, Voelckel W, Mair P. Outcome of avalanche victims with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2015;89C:114–8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.01.019.
Paal P, Milani M, Brown D, Boyd J, Ellerton J. Termination of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in mountain rescue. High Alt Med Biol. 2012;13(3):200–8. doi:10.1089/ham.2011.1096.
Cohen JG, Boue Y, Boussat B, Reymond E, Grand S, Blancher M, et al. Serum potassium concentration predicts brain hypoxia on CT after avalanche-induced cardiac arrest. Am J Emerg Med. 2016;34(5):856–60. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2016.01.037.
Locher T. Walpoth BH: [Differential diagnosis of circulatory failure in hypothermic avalanche victims: retrospective analysis of 32 avalanche accidents]. Praxis (Bern 1994). 1996;85(41):1275–82.
Dobson JA, Burgess JJ. Resuscitation of severe hypothermia by extracorporeal rewarming in a child. J Trauma. 1996;3(40):483–5.
Osborne L, Kamal El-Din AS, Smith JE. Survival after prolonged cardiac arrest and accidental hypothermia. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1984;289(6449):881–2.
Papenhausen M, Burke L, Antony A, Phillips JD. Severe hypothermia with cardiac arrest: complete neurologic recovery in a 4-year-old child. J Pediatr Surg. 2001;36(10):1590–2. doi:10.1053/jpsu.2001.27065.
Danzl DF, Pozos RS, Auerbach PS, Glazer S, Goetz W, Johnson E, et al. Multicenter hypothermia survey. Ann Emerg Med. 1987;16(9):1042–55.
Gillen JP, Vogel MF, Holterman RK, Skiendzielewski JJ. Ventricular fibrillation during orotracheal intubation of hypothermic dogs. Ann Emerg Med. 1986;15(4):412–6.
Corssen G, Allarde R, Brosch F, Arbenz G. Ketamine as the sole anesthetic in open-heart surgery. A preliminary report. Anesth Analg. 1970;49(6):1025–31.
Laycock JR, Loughman E. Suxamethonium-induced hyperkalaemia following cold injury. Anaesthesia. 1986;41(7):739–41.
Buzello W, Pollmaecher T, Schluermann D, Urbanyi B. The influence of hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass on neuromuscular transmission in the absence of muscle relaxants. Anesthesiology. 1986;64(2):279–81.
Withington D, Menard G, Harris J, Kulkarni P, Donati F, Varin F. Vecuronium pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics during hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass in infants and children. Can J Anaesth. 2000;47(12):1188–95. doi:10.1007/BF03019867.
Tortorici MA, Kochanek PM, Poloyac SM. Effects of hypothermia on drug disposition, metabolism, and response: A focus of hypothermia-mediated alterations on the cytochrome P450 enzyme system. Crit Care Med. 2007;35(9):2196–204.
van den Broek MP, Groenendaal F, Egberts AC, Rademaker CM. Effects of hypothermia on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics: a systematic review of preclinical and clinical studies. Clin Pharmacokinet. 2010;49(5):277–94. doi:10.2165/11319360-000000000-00000.
Meyer M, Pelurson N, Khabiri E, Siegenthaler N, Walpoth BH. Sequela-free long-term survival of a 65-year-old woman after 8 h and 40 min of cardiac arrest from deep accidental hypothermia. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014;147(1):e1–2. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.08.085.
Lexow K. Severe accidental hypothermia: survival after 6 h 30 min of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Arctic Med Res. 1991;50 Suppl 6:112–4.
Masaki F, Isao T, Seiji H, Youich H, Shinsuke F, Hayato T. Revival from deep hypothermia after 4 h of cardiac arrest without the use of extracorporeal circulation. J Trauma. 2009;67(5):E173–6. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e318058a052.
Olasveengen TM, Wik L, Steen PA. Quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation before and during transport in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2008;76(2):185–90. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2007.07.001.
Roosa JR, Vadeboncoeur TF, Dommer PB, Panchal AR, Venuti M, Smith G, et al. CPR variability during ground ambulance transport of patients in cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2013;84(5):592–5. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.07.042.
Odegaard S, Olasveengen T, Steen PA, Kramer-Johansen J. The effect of transport on quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2009;80(8):843–8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2009.03.032.
Rubertsson S, Karlsten R. Increased cortical cerebral blood flow with LUCAS; a new device for mechanical chest compressions compared to standard external compressions during experimental cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Resuscitation. 2005;65(3):357–63. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2004.12.006.
Putzer G, Braun P, Zimmermann A, Pedross F, Strapazzon G, Brugger H, et al. LUCAS compared to manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation is more effective during helicopter rescue-a prospective, randomized, cross-over manikin study. Am J Emerg Med. 2013;31(2):384–9. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2012.07.018.
Jones AI, Swann IJ. Prolonged resuscitation in accidental hypothermia: use of mechanical cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and partial cardio-pulmonary bypass. Eur J Emerg Med. 1994;1(1):34–6.
Holmstrom P, Boyd J, Sorsa M, Kuisma M. A case of hypothermic cardiac arrest treated with an external chest compression device (LUCAS) during transport to re-warming. Resuscitation. 2005;67(1):139–41. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2005.04.013.
Dembeck A, Sonntag J, Liechti B, Becker M. Reanimation in alpinem Gelände- der etwas andere Einsatz. Notfall Rettungsmed. 2012;15:51–7. doi:10.1007/s10049-011-1487-z.
Piacentini A, Volonte M, Rigamonti M, Guastella E, Landriscina M. Successful Prolonged Mechanical CPR in a Severely Poisoned Hypothermic Patient: A Case Report. Case Rep Emerg Med. 2012;2012:381798. doi:10.1155/2012/381798.
Pietsch U, Lischke V, Pietsch C, Kopp KH. Mechanical chest compressions in an avalanche victim with cardiac arrest: an option for extreme mountain rescue operations. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014;25(2):190–3. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2013.11.005.
Stub D, Bernard S, Pellegrino V, Smith K, Walker T, Sheldrake J, et al. Refractory cardiac arrest treated with mechanical CPR, hypothermia, ECMO and early reperfusion (the CHEER trial). Resuscitation. 2015;86:88–94. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.09.010.
Tazarourte K, Sapir D, Laborne FX, Briole N, Letarnec JY, Atchabahian A, et al. Refractory cardiac arrest in a rural area: mechanical chest compression during helicopter transport. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2013;57(1):71–6. doi:10.1111/j.1399-6576.2012.02759.x.
Gassler H, Ventzke MM, Lampl L, Helm M. Transport with ongoing resuscitation: a comparison between manual and mechanical compression. Emerg Med J. 2013;30(7):589–92. doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-201142.
Fox J, Fiechter R, Gerstl P, Url A, Wagner H, Luscher TF, et al. Mechanical versus manual chest compression CPR under ground ambulance transport conditions. Acute Card Care. 2013;15(1):1–6. doi:10.3109/17482941.2012.735675.
Omori K, Sato S, Sumi Y, Inoue Y, Okamoto K, Uzura M, et al. The analysis of efficacy for AutoPulse system in flying helicopter. Resuscitation. 2013;84(8):1045–50. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2013.01.014.
Darocha T, Kosinski S, Moskwa M, Jarosz A, Sobczyk D, Galazkowski R, et al. The Role of Hypothermia Coordinator: A Case of Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest Treated with ECMO. High Alt Med Biol. 2015. doi:10.1089/ham.2015.0055.
Wik L, Kiil S. Use of an automatic mechanical chest compression device (LUCAS) as a bridge to establishing cardiopulmonary bypass for a patient with hypothermic cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2005;66(3):391–4. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2005.03.011.
Ward KR, Menegazzi JJ, Zelenak RR, Sullivan RJ, McSwain Jr NE. A comparison of chest compressions between mechanical and manual CPR by monitoring end-tidal PCO2 during human cardiac arrest. Ann Emerg Med. 1993;22(4):669–74.
Sheak KR, Wiebe DJ, Leary M, Babaeizadeh S, Yuen TC, Zive D, et al. Quantitative relationship between end-tidal carbon dioxide and CPR quality during both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2015;89:149–54. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.01.026.
Parnia S, Nasir A, Shah C, Patel R, Mani A, Richman P. A feasibility study evaluating the role of cerebral oximetry in predicting return of spontaneous circulation in cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2012;83(8):982–5. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.01.039.
Yagi T, Nagao K, Kawamorita T, Soga T, Ishii M, Chiba N, et al. Detection of ROSC in Patients with Cardiac Arrest During Chest Compression Using NIRS: A Pilot Study. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;876:151–7. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-3023-4_19.
Ito N, Nishiyama K, Callaway CW, Orita T, Hayashida K, Arimoto H, et al. Noninvasive regional cerebral oxygen saturation for neurological prognostication of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a prospective multicenter observational study. Resuscitation. 2014;85(6):778–84. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.02.012.
Kinoshita K. Possibility of predicting neurological outcome using regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2) after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2014;85(9), e133. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.04.031.
Storm C, Leithner C, Krannich A, Wutzler A, Ploner CJ, Trenkmann L, et al. Regional cerebral oxygen saturation after cardiac arrest in 60 patients--a prospective outcome study. Resuscitation. 2014;85(8):1037–41.doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.04.021.
Putzer G, Braun P, Strapazzon G, Toferer M, Mulino M, Glodny B, et al. Monitoring of brain oxygenation during hypothermic CPR-A prospective porcine study. Resuscitation. 2016;104:1–5. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.03.027.
Putzer G, Tiefenthaler W, Mair P, Paal P. Near-infrared spectroscopy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation of a hypothermic polytraumatised cardiac arrest patient. Resuscitation. 2012;83(1):e1–2. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.07.021.
Krismer AC, Lindner KH, Kornberger R, Wenzel V, Mueller G, Hund W, et al. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation during severe hypothermia in pigs: does epinephrine or vasopressin increase coronary perfusion pressure? Anesth Analg. 2000;90(1):69–73.
Schwarz B, Mair P, Raedler C, Deckert D, Wenzel V, Lindner KH. Vasopressin improves survival in a pig model of hypothermic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Crit Care Med. 2002;30(6):1311–4.
Wira CR, Becker JU, Martin G, Donnino MW. Anti-arrhythmic and vasopressor medications for the treatment of ventricular fibrillation in severe hypothermia: a systematic review of the literature. Resuscitation. 2008;78(1):21–9. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2008.01.025.
Pytte M, Kramer-Johansen J, Eilevstjonn J, Eriksen M, Stromme TA, Godang K, et al. Haemodynamic effects of adrenaline (epinephrine) depend on chest compression quality during cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pigs. Resuscitation. 2006;71(3):369–78. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2006.05.003.
Rivers J, Nolan JP. The pros and cons of epinephrine in cardiac arrest. In: Vincent JL, editor. Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. edn. Berlin: Springer; 2014. p. 433–48.
Larabee TM, Liu KY, Campbell JA, Little CM. Vasopressors in cardiac arrest: a systematic review. Resuscitation. 2012;83(8):932–9. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.02.029.
Koscik C, Pinawin A, McGovern H, Allen D, Media DE, Ferguson T, et al. Rapid epinephrine administration improves early outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2013;84(7):915–20. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2013.03.023.
Lin S, Callaway CW, Shah PS, Wagner JD, Beyene J, Ziegler CP, et al. Adrenaline for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Resuscitation. 2014;85(6):732–40. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.03.008.
Loomba RS, Nijhawan K, Aggarwal S, Arora RR. Increased return of spontaneous circulation at the expense of neurologic outcomes: Is prehospital epinephrine for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest really worth it? J Crit Care. 2015;30(6):1376–81. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2015.08.016.
Olasveengen TM, Wik L, Sunde K, Steen PA. Outcome when adrenaline (epinephrine) was actually given vs. not given-post hoc analysis of a randomized clinical trial. Resuscitation. 2012;83(3):327–32. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.11.011.
Kaji AH, Hanif AM, Bosson N, Ostermayer D, Niemann JT. Predictors of neurologic outcome in patients resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest using classification and regression tree analysis. Am J Cardiol. 2014;114(7):1024–8. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2014.06.031.
Hardenbergh E, Bamberg PG. Venous blood flow in the dog leg following cold injury. Am J Physiol. 1957;188(3):461–9.
Reite OB. Functional Qualities of Small Blood Vessels in Tissue Injured by Freezing and Thawing. Acta Physiol Scand. 1965;63:111–20. doi:10.1111/j.1748-1716.1965.tb04048.x.
Vanden Hoek TL, Morrison LJ, Shuster M, Donnino M, Sinz E, Lavonas EJ, et al. Part 12: cardiac arrest in special situations: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation. 2010;122(18 Suppl 3):S829–61. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.971069.
Lavonas EJ, Drennan IR, Gabrielli A, Heffner AC, Hoyte CO, Orkin AM, et al. Part 10: Special Circumstances of Resuscitation: 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation. 2015;132(18 Suppl 2):S501–18. doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000000264.
Tveita T, Sieck GC. The physiologic responses to epinephrine during cooling and after rewarming in vivo. Crit Care. 2011;15(5):R225. doi:10.1186/cc10465.
Hungerer S, Ebenhoch M, Buhren V. 17° Celsius body temperature—resuscitation successful? High Alt Med Biol. 2010;11(4):369–74. doi:10.1089/ham.2010.1013.
Thomas R, Cahill CJ. Successful defibrillation in profound hypothermia(core body temperature 25.6 °C). Resuscitation. 2000;47(3):317–20.
Koller R, Schnider TW, Neidhart P. Deep accidental hypothermia and cardiac arrest—rewarming with forced air. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 1997;41(10):1359–64.
Alfonzo A, Lomas A, Drummond I, McGugan E. Survival after 5-h resuscitation attempt for hypothermic cardiac arrest using CVVH for extracorporeal rewarming. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2009;24(3):1054–6. doi:10.1093/ndt/gfn674.
Lee CH, Van Gelder C, Burns K, Cone DC. Advanced cardiac life support and defibrillation in severe hypothermic cardiac arrest. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2009;13(1):85–9. doi:10.1080/10903120802471907.
de Caen A. Management of profound hypothermia in children without the use of extracorporeal life support therapy. Lancet. 2002;360(9343):1394–5. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(02)11392-4.
Mark E, Jacobsen O, Kjerstad A, Naesheim T, Busund R, Bahar R, et al. Hypothermic cardiac arrest far away from the center providing rewarming with extracorporeal circulation. Int J Emerg Med. 2012;5:7. doi:10.1186/1865-1380-5-7.
Hilmo J, Naesheim T, Gilbert M. “Nobody is dead until warm and dead”: prolonged resuscitation is warranted in arrested hypothermic victims also in remote areas-a retrospective study from northern Norway. Resuscitation. 2014;85(9):1204–11. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.04.029.
Gruber E, Beikircher W, Pizzinini R, Marsoner H, Pörnbacher M, Brugger H, et al. Non-extracorporeal rewarming at a rate of 6.8° C per hour in a deeply hypothermic arrested patient. Resuscitation. 2014;85(8):e119–20. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.05.011.
Freer L, Imray CHE. Frostbite. In: Auerbach PS, editor. Wilderness Medicine. edn. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby; 2012. p. 181–200.
McIntosh SE, Opacic M, Freer L, Grissom CK, Auerbach PS, Rodway GW, et al. Wilderness Medical Society practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment of frostbite: 2014 update. Wilderness Environ Med. 2014;25(4 Suppl):S43–54. doi:10.1016/j.wem.2014.09.001.
Bacher A. Effects of body temperature on blood gases. In: Pinsky MR, Brochard L, Hedenstierna G, Antonelli M, editors. Applied Physiology in Intensive Care Medicine. Berlin: Springer; 2005. p. 24–7.
Axelrod DR, Bass DE. Electrolytes and acid-base balance in hypothermia. Am J Physiol. 1956;186(1):31–4.
Delaney KA, Howland MA, Vassallo S, Goldfrank LR. Assessment of acid-base disturbances in hypothermia and their physiologic consequences. Ann Emerg Med. 1989;18(1):72–82.
Miller JW, Danzl DF, Thomas DM. Urban accidental hypothermia: 135 cases. Ann Emerg Med. 1980;9(9):456–61.
Eastwood GM, Suzuki S, Lluch C, Schneider AG, Bellomo R. A pilot assessment of alpha-stat vs pH-stat arterial blood gas analysis after cardiac arrest. J Crit Care. 2015;30(1):138–44. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2014.09.022.
Rahn H. Body temperature and acid-base regulation. (Review article). Pneumonologie. 1974;151(2):87–94.
Murkin JM, Martzke JS, Buchan AM, Bentley C, Wong CJ. A randomized study of the influence of perfusion technique and pH management strategy in 316 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. II. Neurologic and cognitive outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1995;110(2):349–62. doi:10.1016/S0022-5223(95)70230-X.
Patel RL, Turtle MR, Chambers DJ, James DN, Newman S, Venn GE. Alpha-stat acid-base regulation during cardiopulmonary bypass improves neuropsychologic outcome in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1996;111(6):1267–79.
Pynnonen L, Falkenbach P, Kamarainen A, Lonnrot K, Yli-Hankala A, Tenhunen J. Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest - cerebral perfusion and metabolism during upper and lower threshold normocapnia. Resuscitation. 2011;82(9):1174–9. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.04.022.
Ashwood ER, Kost G, Kenny M. Temperature correction of blood-gas and pH measurements. Clin Chem. 1983;29(11):1877–85.
Polderman KH, Herold I. Therapeutic hypothermia and controlled normothermia in the intensive care unit: practical considerations, side effects, and cooling methods. Crit Care Med. 2009;37(3):1101–20. doi:10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181962ad5.
Morita S, Inokuchi S, Yamagiwa T, Iizuka S, Yamamoto R, Aoki H, et al. Efficacy of portable and percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass rewarming versus that of conventional internal rewarming for patients with accidental deep hypothermia. Crit Care Med. 2011;39(5):1064–8. doi:10.1097/CCM.0b013e31820edd04.
Sepehripour AH, Gupta S, Lall KS. When should cardiopulmonary bypass be used in the setting of severe hypothermic cardiac arrest? Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2013;17(3):564–9. doi:10.1093/icvts/ivt208.
Althaus U, Aeberhard P, Schüpbach P, Nachbur BH, Mühlemann W. Management of profound accidental hypothermia with cardiorespiratory arrest. Ann Surg. 1982;195(4):492–5.
Romlin BS, Winberg H, Janson M, Nilsson B, Björk K, Jeppsson A, et al. Excellent outcome With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation after accidental profound hypothermia (13.8° C) and drowning. Crit Care Med. 2015;43:e521–5. doi:10.1097/CCM.0000000000001283.
van der Ploeg GJ, Goslings JC, Walpoth BH, Bierens JJLM. Accidental hypothermia: rewarming treatments, complications and outcomes from one university medical centre. Resuscitation. 2010;81(11):1550–5. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2010.05.023.
Mongardon N, Dumas F, Ricome S, Grimaldi D, Hissem T, Pene F, et al. Postcardiac arrest syndrome: from immediate resuscitation to long-term outcome. Ann Intensive Care. 2011;1(1):45. doi:10.1186/2110-5820-1-45.
Debaty G, Maignan M, Perrin B, Brouta A, Guergour D, Trocme C, et al. Deep Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest Treated by Extracorporeal Life Support in a Porcine Model: Does the Rewarming Method Matter? Acad Emerg Med Off J Soc Acad Emerg Med. 2016;23(6):665–73. doi:10.1111/acem.12893.
Pujara D, Sandoval E, Simpson L, Mallidi HR, Singh SK. The State of the Art in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015;27(1):17–23. doi:10.1053/j.semtcvs.2015.02.004.
Rupprecht L, Lunz D, Philipp A, Lubnow M, Schmid C. Pitfalls in percutaneous ECMO cannulation. Heart Lung Vessel. 2015;7(4):320–6.
Richard C, Argaud L, Blet A, Boulain T, Contentin L, Dechartres A, et al. Extracorporeal life support for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome: report of a Consensus Conference. Ann Intensive Care. 2014;4:15. doi:10.1186/2110-5820-4-15.
Walpoth BH, Locher T, Leupi F, Schupbach P, Muhlemann W, Althaus U. Accidental deep hypothermia with cardiopulmonary arrest: extracorporeal blood rewarming in 11 patients. European J cardio-thoracic Surgery. 1990;4(7):390–3.
Nielsen N, Wetterslev J, al-Subaie N, Andersson B, Bro-Jeppesen J, Bishop G, et al. Target Temperature Management after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest - a randomized, parallel-group, assessor-blinded clinical trial—rationale and design. Am Heart J. 2012;163(4):541–8. doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2012.01.013.
Nolan JP, Soar J, Cariou A, Cronberg T, Moulaert VR, Deakin CD, et al. European Resuscitation Council and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Guidelines for Post-resuscitation Care 2015: Section 5 of the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015. Resuscitation. 2015;95:202–22. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.07.018.
Darocha T, Sobczyk D, Kosinski S, Jarosz A, Galazkowski R, Nycz K, et al. New diastolic cardiomyopathy in patients with severe accidental hypothermia after ECMO rewarming: a case-series observational study. Cardiovasc Ultrasound. 2015;13:31. doi:10.1186/s12947-015-0027-2.
Kosinski S, Darocha T, Galazkowski R, Drwila R. Accidental hypothermia in Poland-estimation of prevalence, diagnostic methods and treatment. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2015;23:13. doi:10.1186/s13049-014-0086-7.
International Hypothermia Registry [https://www.hypothermia-registry.org]. Accessed 11 Sept 2016.
Sargant N, Sen ES, Marden B. Too cold for comfort: a neonate with severe hypothermia. Emerg Med J. 2012;29(5):420–1. doi:10.1136/emermed-2011-200479.
Maisch S, Ntalakoura K, Boettcher H, Helmke K, Friederich P, Goetz AE. Severe accidental hypothermia with cardiac arrest and extracorporeal rewarming. A case report of a 2-year-old child. Anaesthesist. 2007;56(1):25–9. doi:10.1007/s00101-006-1110-8.
Brugger H, Putzer G, Paal P. Accidental hypothermia. Anaesthesist. 2013;62(8):624–31. doi:10.1007/s00101-013-2205-7.
Brodmann Maeder M, Dünser M, Eberle B, Loetscher S, Dietler R, Engleberger L, et al. The Bernese Hypothermia Algorithm: a consensus paper on in-hospital decision-making and treatment of patients in hypothermic cardiac arrest at an alpine level 1 trauma centre. Injury. 2011;42(5):539–43. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2010.11.037.
Darocha T, Kosinski S, Jarosz A, Galazkowski R, Sadowski J, Drwila R. Severe Accidental Hypothermia Center. European J Emerg Med. 2014;22:288–91. doi:10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000213.
Biem J, Koehncke N, Classen D, Dosman J. Out of the cold: management of hypothermia and frostbite. CMAJ. 2003;168(3):305–11.
Paal P, Brown DJ, Brugger H, Boyd J. In hypothermic major trauma patients the appropriate hospital for damage control and rewarming may be life saving. Injury. 2013;44(11):1665. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2013.06.019.
Anderson S, Herbring BG, Widman B. Accidental profound hypothermia. Br J Anaesth. 1970;42(7):653–5.
Rollstin AD, Seifert SA. Acetaminophen/diphenhydramine overdose in profound hypothermia. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2013;51(1):50–3. doi:10.3109/15563650.2012.748195.
Nordberg P, Ivert T, Dalen M, Forsberg S, Hedman A. Surviving two hours of ventricular fibrillation in accidental hypothermia. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014;18(3):446–9. doi:10.3109/10903127.2014.891066.
Kosinski S, Darocha T, Jarosz A, Migiel L, Zelias A, Marcinkowski W, et al. The longest persisting ventricular fibrillation with an excellent outcome - 6 h 45min cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2016;105:e21–2. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.05.022.
Il Cane [http://www.tipresentoilcane.com/2011/04/22/zaco-di-carignano-eroico-pastore-tedesco/]. Accessed 11 Sept 2016.
Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft WSL [http://www.wsl.ch/dienstleistungen/publikationen/pdf/14464.pdf ]. Accessed 11 Sept 2016.
Gabl K, Lackinger B: History of avalanches in Austria. In: Lawinenhandbuch (Avalanche manual). 6th edn. Edited by Gabl K: Tyrolia Verlag; 1996: 12.
Farstad M, Andersen KS, Koller ME, Grong K, Segadal L, Husby P. Rewarming from accidental hypothermia by extracorporeal circulation. A retrospective study. Eur J cardio-thoracic surgery. 2001;20(1):58–64.
Pasquier M, Cauchy E. Longest survival in a crevasse. High Alt Med Biol. 2015;16(1):71. doi:10.1089/ham.2014.1107.
Paal P, Brugger H, Kaser G, Putzer G, Tiefenthaler W, Wenzel V. Surviving 6 days in a crevasse. Lancet. 2013;381(9865):506. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)62032-7.
Aslam AF, Aslam AK, Vasavada BC, Khan IA. Hypothermia: evaluation, electrocardiographic manifestations, and management. Am J Med. 2006;119(4):297–301. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2005.09.062.
Giesbrecht GG, Bristow GK, Uin A, Ready AE, Jones RA. Effectiveness of three field treatments for induced mild (33.0° C) hypothermia. J Appl Physiol. 1987;63(6):2375–9.
Kornberger E, Schwarz B, Lindner KH, Mair P. Forced air surface rewarming in patients with severe accidental hypothermia. Resuscitation. 1999;41(2):105–11.
Vince SC, Flint NJ, Hall AP. A novel non-invasive warming technique in severe accidental hypothermia. Resuscitation. 2008;77(1):144–5. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2007.11.001.
Roser M, Martens F, Storm C. Iceman Survived due to Cooling Device. ISRN Cardiol. 2011;2011:617912. doi:10.5402/2011/617912.
Cocchi MN, Giberson B, Donnino MW. Rapid rewarming of hypothermic patient using arctic sun device. J Intensive Care Med. 2012;27(2):128–30. doi:10.1177/0885066610394423.
Gregory JS, Bergstein JM, Aprahamian C, Wittmann DH, Quebbeman EJ. Comparison of three methods of rewarming from hypothermia: advantages of extracorporeal blood warming. J Trauma. 1991;31(9):1247–51. discussion 1251–1242.
Danzl DF, Pozos RS. Accidental hypothermia. N Engl J Med. 1994;331(26):1756–60. doi:10.1056/NEJM199412293312607.
Willekes T, Naunheim R, Lasater M. A novel method of intravascular temperature modulation to treat severe hypothermia. Emerg Med J. 2006;23(10), e56. doi:10.1136/emj.2006.035360.
Ban LH, Leone M, Blasco V, Visintini P, Antonini F, Bisbal M, et al. A novel intravascular rewarming method to treat severe hypothermia. Eur J Emerg Med. 2008;15(1):56–8. doi:10.1097/MEJ.0b013e3282861d40.
Chua NY, Lundbye J. Endovascular catheter as a rewarming method for accidental hypothermia. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2012;2(2):89–91. doi:10.1089/ther.2012.0001.
Camp-Rogers T, Murphy G, Dean A, Gunnerson K, Rossler D, Kurz MC. Therapeutic hypothermia after profound accidental hypothermia and cardiac arrest. Am J Emerg Med. 2012;30(2):387. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2010.11.036. e385–387.
Kiridume K, Hifumi T, Kawakita K, Okazaki T, Hamaya H, Shinohara N, et al. Clinical experience with an active intravascular rewarming technique for near-severe hypothermia associated with traumatic injury. J Intensive Care. 2014;2(1):11. doi:10.1186/2052-0492-2-11.
Laniewicz M, Lyn-Kew K, Silbergleit R. Rapid endovascular warming for profound hypothermia. Ann Emerg Med. 2008;51(2):160–3. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2007.05.020.
Hall KN, Syverud SA. Closed thoracic cavity lavage in the treatment of severe hypothermia in human beings. Ann Emerg Med. 1990;19(2):204–6.
Turtiainen J, Halonen J, Syvaoja S, Hakala T. Rewarming a patient with accidental hypothermia and cardiac arrest using thoracic lavage. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014;97(6):2165–6. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.08.028.
O’Connor JP. Use of peritoneal dialysis in severely hypothermic patients. Ann Emerg Med. 1986;15(1):104–5.
Spooner K, Hassani A. Extracorporeal rewarming in a severely hypothermic patient using venovenous haemofiltration in the accident and emergency department. J Accid Emerg Med. 2000;17(6):422–4.
Hughes A, Riou P, Day C. Full neurological recovery from profound (18.0° C) acute accidental hypothermia: successful resuscitation using active invasive rewarming techniques. Emerg Med J. 2007;24(7):511–2. doi:10.1136/emj.2006.040261.
Komatsu S, Shimomatsuya T, Kobuchi T, Nakajima M, Amaya H, Konishi S, et al. Severe accidental hypothermia successfully treated by rewarming strategy using continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration system. J Trauma. 2007;62(3):775–6. doi:10.1097/01.ta.0000195446.00160.6c.
Carr Jr ME, Wolfert AI. Rewarming by hemodialysis for hypothermia: failure of heparin to prevent DIC. J Emerg Med. 1988;6(4):277–80.
Owda A, Osama S. Hemodialysis in management of hypothermia. Am J Kidney Dis. 2001;38(2), E8.
Sultan N, Theakston KD, Butler R, Suri RS. Treatment of severe accidental hypothermia with intermittent hemodialysis. CJEM. 2009;11(2):174–7.
Caluwe R, Vanholder R, Dhondt A. Hemodialysis as a treatment of severe accidental hypothermia. Artif Organs. 2010;34(3):237–9.
Rahman S, Rubinstein S, Singh J, Samih M, Balsam L. Early use of hemodialysis for active rewarming in severe hypothermia: a case report and review of literature. Ren Fail. 2012;34(6):784–8. doi:10.3109/0886022X.2012.673466.
Mallet ML. Pathophysiology of accidental hypothermia. QJM. 2002;95(12):775–85.
Zimmermann JL. Hypothermia, hyperthermia, and rhabdomyolysis. In: ACCP Critical Care Medicine Board Review. Glenview, IL: Volume 20: ACCP; 2009. p. 321-332.
Osborn JJ. Respiratory and blood pH changes in relation to cardiac function. Am J Physiol. 1953;175:389–98.
de Souza D, Riera AR, Bombig MT, Francisco YA, Brollo L, Filho BL, et al. Electrocardiographic changes by accidental hypothermia in an urban and a tropical region. J Electrocardiol. 2007;40(1):47–52. doi:10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2006.08.094.
Chhabra L, Devadoss R, Liti B, Spodick DH. Electrocardiographic changes in hypothermia: a review. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2013;3(2):54–62. doi:10.1089/ther.2013.0003.
Mattu A, Brady WJ, Perron AD. Electrocardiographic manifestations of hypothermia. Am J Emerg Med. 2002;20(4):314–26.
Loppnow G, Wilson LD. Effects of ethanol on systemic hemodynamics in a porcine model of accidental hypothermia. Am J Emerg Med. 2015;33(10):1414–9. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2015.07.012.
Maclean D, Taig DR, Emslie-Smith D. Achilles tendon reflex in accidental hypothermia and hypothermic myxoedema. Br Med J. 1973;2(5858):87–90.
Stecker MM, Cheung AT, Pochettino A, Kent GP, Patterson T, Weiss SJ, et al. Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest: I. Effects of cooling on electroencephalogram and evoked potentials. Ann Thorac Surg. 2001;71(1):14–21.
Koht A, Cane R, Cerullo LJ. Serum potassium levels during prolonged hypothermia. Intensive Care Med. 1983;9(5):275–7.
Zydlewski AW, Hasbargen JA. Hypothermia-induced hypokalemia. Mil Med. 1998;163(10):719–21.
Wolberg AS, Meng ZH, Monroe 3rd DM, Hoffman M. A systematic evaluation of the effect of temperature on coagulation enzyme activity and platelet function. J Trauma. 2004;56(6):1221–8.
Wang HE, Callaway CW, Peitzman AB, Tisherman SA. Admission hypothermia and outcome after major trauma. Crit Care Med. 2005;33(6):1296–301.
This review was not supported by any external funds.
Availability of data and supporting materials
This review article does not contain any original human or animal data. If the Journal wants to see any specific literature we can sent it upon request.
PP and LG have equally contributed to this article and should be both considered as first authors. Each author drafted one or more sections. These were then extensively discussed by all the authors to produce the final version. PP conceived this review, invited the co-authors, drafted introduction, methods, the “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation” and “Dispatching and transport decisions” and Table 2 (most extreme accidental hypothermia cases), discussed and critically revised the manuscript. LG drafted “Interpreting arterial blood gases in severe hypothermia”, “Anaesthesia,” “Hypothermia in children”, Hypothermia and drowning and the “physiological effects table”, and substantially revised and finalized the manuscript. GS drafted “Temperature measurement”, discussed and critically revised the manuscript. MBM drafted “Oxygenation, anaesthesia induction and airway management” and “Does a country benefit from an accidental hypothermia algorithm”, discussed and critically revised the manuscript. GP co-authored the “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation” and “Dispatching and transport decisions” drafts, discussed and critically revised the manuscript. BW and MW drafted “Extracorporeal Life Support”, discussed and critically revised the manuscript. DB drafted “Non ECLS rewarming”, Table 3 on rewarming techniques, discussed and critically revised the manuscript. MH discussed and critically revised the manuscript. GB discussed and critically revised the manuscript. HB drafted “Staging” and “Prehospital insulation, rewarming, rescue collapse and afterdrop”, and critically revised the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Michael Holzer received travel grants for scientific conferences and honoraria for lectures from Bard Medical, EmCools, Polimed Sp. z o.o. and Zoll Medical, Austria. He received honoraria for consulting from Zoll Medical, Austria and was responsible for studies where the Department of Emergency Medicine received study grants from Velomedix and Philips. Peter Paal received travel grants for scientific conferences and honoraria for lectures from Zoll Medical, Austria. The other authors declare that they have no competing interests.
Consent for publication
Is not applicable.
Ethics approval and consent to participate
Is not applicable: This is a review article and does not contain any original human or animal data, therefore an ethics committee approval and consent to participate statement does not apply to this manuscript.
About this article
- Cardiopulmonary bypass
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Emergency medicine
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation