00007 Hyperthermia

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00007 Hyperthermia

Definition of the NANDA label

Hyperthermia is the state in which the body temperature rises above normal limits.

Core body temperature above the normal diurnal range due to failure of thermoregulation.

Defining characteristics

  • Elevation of body temperature above normal limits.
  • Red and hot skin.
  • Tachycardia.
  • Increased respiratory rate.
  • Chills.
  • Feeling of weakness.
  • Fainting.
  • Sweating.
  • Verbal comments of heat sensation.
  • Bouts of seizures.

Related factors

  • Exposure to a hot environment.
  • Intense physical activity.
  • Effect of drugs.
  • Effect of anesthesia.
  • Injury or disorder that affects the function of the hypo thalamus.
  • Obesity.
  • Old age.
  • Inappropriate clothing.
  • Increased metabolism.
  • Diseases.
  • Trauma.
  • Dehydration.
  • Inability or decreased ability to sweat.
  • Inability to regulate body temperature (lack of air conditioning; use of incubators in infants).

At risk population

  • Exposure to high environmental temperature

Associated condition

  • Decrease in sweat response
  • Illness
  • Ischemia
  • Pharmaceutical agent
  • Sepsis
  • Trauma


  • Thermoregulation.
  • Thermoregulation: neonate.


  • Vital signs monitoring.
  • Precautions with malignant hyperthermia.
  • Temperature regulation.
  • Temperature regulation. intraoperative.
  • Treatment of fever.
  • Newborn care.
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