If you’ve been unable to prevent hypothermia, there are some telltale signs for identifying hypothermia. Usually if a member of your group is complaining that they’re cold, be sure to check their temperature. If their temperature is below 96° Some of the signs to look for are:
- Confusion or sleepiness.
- Slowed, slurred speech, or shallow breathing.
- Weak pulse; low blood pressure.
- A change in behavior during cold weather or a change in the way a person looks.
- Excess shivering or no shivering; stiffness in the arms or legs.
- Poor control over body movements or slow reactions.
For more, read Basic Water Rescue, a booklet published by the American Red Cross.