…..impression of being drunk. It may be further emphasised as they stumble and fall. Their behaviour can become irrational and irritable as they decline and deny anything wrong whilst insisting they are okay.
As they become colder still, their shivering will decline to the point of stopping altogether. It is a sign that their life is now in danger and they start to pass into stage of unconsciousness. The other notable characteristic is a change in colour as the person becomes pale, with signs of blueness (cyanosis) appearing on the body.
Please note that the indicators discussed may not all be present at the same time, if at all.
Tomorrow we will look at managing a person who has become Hypothermic……
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