Keywords: Hyperthermia, cold water immersion (PubMed Search)
The TACO method (tarp assisted cooling with oscillation)
Cold water immersion (CWI) remains the standard for cooling in exercise induced hyperthermia
A low cost alternative is modified cold water immersion.
Sometimes, monetary reasons and location venue prevent the feasibility of CWI
Benefits: fast, cheap, portable
Portable – Allows for on site location at area of collapse
Cheap: Equipment required – 3 providers, 1 tarp, 20 gallons of water and 10 gallons of ice
Fast: Average time to set up – 3.4 minutes
The TACO method – fast effective reduction in core temperatures
May be up to 75% as effective as CWI
Hosokawa, Yuri et al.
Annals of Emergency Medicine , Volume 69 , Issue 3 , 347 - 352