Q What is the typical medical treatment for hypothermia after a fall into cold water?
AMaritime workers are at risk for hypothermia when they fall into cold water. Hypothermia is a potentially fatal condition that must be treated quickly. If you, or a loved one, have suffered the consequences of hypothermia, then it is important to contact a New York maritime lawyer for more information about your rights.
It is also important to know what to do as soon as hypothermia is suspected. If a maritime worker has fallen overboard into cold water, then it is important to immediately call for emergency help. Treatment can, and often should, begin prior to help arriving. For example, the person suffering from hypothermia should be moved to a warm, dry location, provided with warm blankets and a warm beverage, if possible.
Once the worker is in the care of trained medical professionals, blood rewarming, warm IV fluids, and other warming techniques may be used to treat the worker.
For more information about hypothermia maritime injuries, please contact a New York maritime attorney at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY.
*Source: Mayo Clinic, Hypothermia, Treatment and Drugs