Cold truths about hypothermia

111960627Every Minnesotan is familiar with piling on coats, hats, mittens and other clothing to stay protected from the elements during the winter months. Hypothermia — literally meaning “low (body) temperature” —  occurs when too much heat escapes the core of the body and cannot be replaced quickly enough. It can affect someone’s mental and physical abilities and eventually be fatal if not treated. Hypothermia sets in very slowly, so those affected often do not realize they need help or medical attention. 

No one plans to become hypothermic; car trouble, walking home from a party, or a slip and fall on the ice are just a few ways people inadvertently get over-exposed to the harsh cold.

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HCMC’s Burn Center reverified as pediatric and adult burn center

Nsg stationThe American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons recently completed their regularly scheduled site visit and reverified HCMC as a pediatric and adult burn center. Reviewers commended the Burn Center team on their commitment to excellence and providing quality burn care to patients.

In their summary document, reviewers noted a significant number of program strengths, including:

  • A patient-centered approach that fosters a true interdisciplinary team approach to burn care, manifesting in great communication and collaboration among services.
  • Excellent quality improvement programs.

The HCMC Burn Center is a regional leader with an inpatient market share exceeding any other hospital in the state. In addition, the Burn Clinic facilitates over 3,500 outpatient visits annually.