Field Management of Heat Illness and Hypothermia: Understanding Heat Transfer

By Brian Harper, W-EMT, DMT
Heat Illness and Hypothermia: Understanding Heat Transfer
Heat Illness and Hypothermia: Understanding Heat Transfer
A basic understanding of heat transfer can help with thermal challenges at sea

Of all the challenges present when caring for ill and injured people in remote settings, weather and temperature warrant particular attention. Significant effort may be required to protect patients from their environments and to ensure their body temperatures remain stable. To understand how best to approach thermal challenges at sea, a basic knowledge of heat transfer is helpful.

Understanding Heat Transfer

Heat energy is transferred in four ways: conduction, convection, evaporation and radiation

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