Originally Posted by sturgeon
A small point...At a sailing lesson on hypothermia, our instructor taught us that when asked, everyone will automatically say they are fine. His advice: Say instead, "Describe your condition" or "Describe mood, temperature, energy level, please" or something nonstandard like that. The response, and response time, will help to gauge their true state.
A small point, but a very good one. If asked that question, even in my living room at 70* with me being well hydrated and fed, I would still need a moment to process it before responding. If I was hypothermic? Well...I might respond with "Huh?" or something even less articulate.
A good piece of advice. Thanks, sturgeon!