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Hand immersion as a method of cooling and rewarming: a short review

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Many cooling and warming procedures have been proposed for the treatment of hyperthermic or hypothermic individuals. One of the most recent of these is the use of hand immersion as a simple method to gain or lose heat. In the present paper the principles underlying this approach, and the evidence for and against hand rewarming/cooling, are briefly reviewed. It is concluded that hand immersion is likely to be more effective for cooling than rewarming individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-131
JournalJournal of the Royal Naval Medical Service
Volume79
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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