Dr. Steven Wolf comes from Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center to talk about the warning signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include:
- High body temperature
- The absence of sweating and hot red or flushed, dry skin
- Rapid pulse
- Difficulty breathing
- Strange behavior
- Seizures and/or coma
Those most susceptible individuals to heart strokes are infants, the elderly (often with associated heart diseases, lung diseases, kidney diseases, or people who are taking medications that make them vulnerable to dehydration and heat strokes), athletes, and individuals who work outside and physically exert themselves under the sun.
How to treat a heat stroke victim:
Victims of heat stroke must receive immediate treatment to avoid permanent organ damage. First and foremost, cool the victim.
- Get the victim to a shady area, apply cool or tepid water to the, and fan the victim to promote sweating and evaporation.
- Monitor body temperature with a thermometer and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees.
- Always notify emergency services immediately. If their arrival is delayed, they can give you further instructions for treatment of the victim.
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