In the ED, a homeless patient is brought in with severe hypothermia. The police officers also state that they found a “bottle of booze” on the sidewalk next to him. This puts the nurse on high alert since alcohol contributes to hypothermia by
A. causing the person to have less fat on his body.
B. interfering with the appetite center in the brain causing the person to not respond to hunger pains.
C. increasing his basal metabolic rate, so he will run out of ATP faster than expected.
D. dulling the mental awareness that impairs judgment to seek shelter.
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