Conference on hypothermia

On 28 February the Royal Life Saving Society United Kingdom – Republic of Ireland Branch is organising a conference on hypothermia in the Astra Hall in Dublin, Ireland.

The guest speakers are Surgeon Admiral Frank Golden and Professor Michael Tipton.

Shortly after qualifying as a medical doctor in his native Cork, Dr. Frank Golden moved to England and joined the Royal Navy as a medical officer. He retired in 1993, after 30 years, with the rank of Rear Admiral having, during his service, been director of the Royal Navy’s survival medical research department. In addition to his medical qualifications, he holds a PhD from the University of Leeds for work into the physiological changes in immersion hypothermia. He is consultant advisor in human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth, is Chairman of the Medical and Survival Committee of the RNLI and acts as an independent advisor to many aquatic organisations.

Michael Tipton received his PhD from the University of London for his work on human adaptation to the cold. Currently he is Professor of Human and Applied Physiology at the University of Portsmouth and is consultant head of the Institute of Naval Medicine’s environmental medicine unit. He is an editor of the international scientific journals Ergonomics and International Journal of Biometeorology.

Topics of the conference include:

  • How bodies regulate temperature
  • Clothing and thermoregulation
  • Accidental hypothermia
  • Exposure hypothermia
  • Immersion hypothermia
  • Drowning and near-drowning
  • Lifejackets and floatation devices
  • Survival strategies
  • Rescue strategies
  • Treatment options
  • Afterdrop
  • Post-rescue collapse