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Lethal hypothermia in South Australia

Fiona Bright, Calle Winskog and Roger W Byard
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): 622.
doi:
10.5694/mja12.11379

To the Editor: Deaths resulting from hypothermia are not limited to colder climates or to the winter months, and have previously been highlighted as a public health problem in temperate regions in Australia.1 We recently reported the details of a hypothermic death in a home in South Australia, and raised concerns about the contribution of poor domestic energy efficiency to such fatalities.2

Fiona Bright, Honours Student, Health Sciences
Calle Winskog, Associate Professor of Pathology
Roger W Byard, Professor of Pathology
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
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Lim C, Duflou J. Hypothermia fatalities in a temperate climate: Sydney, Australia. Pathology 2008; 40: 46-51.
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18038315
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Bright F, Gilbert JD, Winskog C, Byard RW. Additional risk factors for lethal hypothermia. J Clin Forensic Med 2012. In press.
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Byard RW, Tsokos M. Forensic issues in cases of Diogenes syndrome. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2007; 28: 177-181.
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17525574
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Australian Bureau of Statistics. Energy in focus: energy efficiency of Australian homes, April 2010. Canberra: ABS, 2010. (ABS Cat. No. 4614.0.55.002.) http://www.abs.gov.au (accessed Sep 2012).
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Willrath H. Thermal sensitivity of Australian houses to variations in building parameters. (Paper 67.) Proceedings of Solar ‘97, Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society; 1997 Dec 1-3; Canberra. http://www.solarlogic.com.au/profile/Thermal%20sensitivity.pdf (accessed Oct 2012).
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