Always checking for any dangers first. You are with others, you approach the young man and ask him if he is ok. He says he has been wandering around lost and has got so cold that he can’t think.
You know that there is a shelter just up ahead and you offer to take him there as it will be dryer and warmer. You have a jacket around your waste that you take off and put it over him.
Once in the shelter you can assist him to remove any clothing that might be wet and replace with your dry jacket and anything else your friends may be able to offer also.
Treat him for shock and lay him flat on the floor and keep him warm. Make sure something is underneath him so he isn’t laying on the cold floor to avoid loss of heat on the ground.
You stay with him whilst monitoring his condition. If he is not improving, Call 111 asap.
Somebody must be with a person with hypothermia at all times. Do not leave them alone. If unable to call for emergency help, ideally, send tow people together to alert medical services.
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