Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hypothermia is not "cool" - Gerry Godsoe

Rating: ****

Hypothermia: the quiet killer. Most people don’t know they have it until it’s too late. Therefore, the best way to survive hypothermia is not to get it in the first place. That’s what this article talks about.

The article started off with a short story of a local man who had gotten lost in the Gatineau Hills and contracted hypothermia before he was rescued. Next, the article talks about what hypothermia is, how you get it, the different types, how you get warmer, and how to not get it in the first place.

The most surprising fact that I learned from the article was that hypothermia occurs more often in the spring and fall than in the winter because in the winter you are more likely to bundle up, bring extra clothes, and be more aware of hypothermia in general. The reason that I rated this article as only four stars instead of five was because, though it was interesting, the article never went into much detail about the signs of hypothermia and what they were, and it didn’t really go into why it is such a danger and what to do if you have to treat someone or even yourself if you’re out in the bush and unable to move.

Despite these, the article was really interesting and useful to anyone who takes hikes, goes camping, or other similar trips in the bush, even ones that only last a day. It taught me about how much of a danger hypothermia is and all of the different ways that you can get it. I would recommend this article even to those who don’t partake in outdoor activities, not only because of how interesting it is, but also because you can get hypothermia anywhere, not just in the bush (for example, while motorcycling, swimming, or skating).

Godsoe, Gerry. “Hypothermia is not “cool"." Ottawa Outdoors. Fall/Winter 2009/2010. Page 10-11. Print.

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