Accidental hypothermia: A potential life-threatening hazard of automobile platform lifts

Julia A. Woods, Brendon M. Stiles, Heather R. Wright, Raymond F. Morgan, Richard F. Edlich

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The wheelchair/scooter of a patient with a relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis was immobilized after inadvertent slippage of the rear wheels of his scooter off an automobile platform lift during travel. While waiting 45 min for the rescue squad, he developed mild hypothermia that responded to passive external rewarming techniques. This potentially life- threatening injury could have been prevented by using a platform lift equipped with full inboard and outboard roll-stop barriers on the platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-48
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • accidental hypothermia
  • automobile platform lift
  • inboard and outboard roll- stop barriers
  • mobility disorder
  • multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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