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Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body cannot control its temperature and is unable to cool down by sweating because of dehydration.Heat stroke can lead to death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.

Signs and Symptoms

Heat Exhaustion

  • Intense thirst , dehydration
  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Fainting

Heat Stroke

  • High body temperature (40C or more)
  • Hot, red, dry skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Convulsion
  • Delirium
  • Unconsciousness or coma

Disclaimer:
Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

References:
http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp
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Image:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/17211.htm

   Prevention

  • Limit the amount of time spent outdoors. Schedule heavy activities for the early morning and evening hours.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid tea, coffee, soda and alcohol.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing outdoors.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas or if possible in an air-conditioned place. Even a few hours of air-conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

First-aid measures

 

  • Fluids should be given only if the victim is conscious.
  • Bring the victim immediately to a hospital.
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