Rapid habituation of the cold shock response

Clare M Eglin, George Butt, Stephen Howden, Thomas Nash, Joseph Costello

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Sudden immersion into cold water initiates a series of cardio-respiratory responses collectively known as the cold shock response (CSR) which may increase an individual's risk of drowning. The CSR is stimulated by a rapid fall in skin temperature and includes tachycardia, a reflex inspiratory gasp followed by uncontrollable hyperventilation. Repeated cold water immersions conducted over several days have been shown to reduce the magnitude of the CSR [1]. This study investigated whether an habituation could be achieved in a couple of hours; it was hypothesised that following this rapid habituation the CSR would be reduced on a subsequent cold water immersion.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA38
Pages (from-to)A38
JournalExtreme Physiology & Medicine
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2015
Event15th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 20153 Jul 2015


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