Body temperature - Assisting a family member


Assisting a family member

Assisting a family member

Body temperature

A balanced system Fever Hypothermia Detecting body temperature Non-pharmacological interventions to control fever
  • A system in balance
  • Temperature
  • Hypothermia
  • Take body temperature
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for the control of fever

Body temperature control is an indispensable activity for life since an alteration of a few degrees can cause the death of a person, for this reason it is necessary to establish all the necessary precautions for its control when there are critical situations ( fever, hypothermia).

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A system in balance

Living organisms physiologically carry out heat dispersion and accumulation interventions. The maintenance of normal body temperature takes place thanks to sophisticated neurological systems that send certain signals to the muscles, blood circulation and skin.

The body's "thermoelectric" plant resides in the brain and is called the hypothalamus. This important center is able to collect information and implement simple but decisive interventions for the control of the person's heat.

Internal heat is produced by the digestion of sugars and fats. The detection of heat is precisely the task of the regulatory center that informs the brain about the type of work to be done: dilate the blood vessels of the skin and promote sweating to disperse the heat or shrink the blood vessels of the skin and increase muscle activity to increase the internal heat.

The surrounding environment is of fundamental importance in maintaining a normal body temperature.

Physical activity also contributes to the balance of temperature.

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