Under normal circumstances, the human body maintains a steady internal (core) temperature ranging from 36.6°C to 37.5°C (97.9°F-99.5°F).

HYPOTHERMIA is a core body temperature of less than 36°C (96.8°F).

Medical facilities and Emergency Medical Services are constantly battling the clinical implications of hypothermia and its adverse affects on patient recovery, outcomes and the cost of treatment.

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