Heat Exhaustion / Stroke Awareness

HEAT EXHAUSTION/STROKE

extreme-heatWith the rise in temperature outside it is a blessing to have a job where I can work with wonderful people in the air condition. Not everyone is so lucky. From landscapers, factory workers, farmers and even some without mode of transport especially with A/C you need to be on alert for signs of heat exhaustion.

With the heat index of 105 these recently, it does not take very long to succumb to heat exhaustion. Heat Exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, but it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death. The most at-risk population are young children and the elderly, as well as any others with medical conditions at any age such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, etc.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration) Dizziness
  • Fainting Fatigue Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps Nausea,vomiting,or diarrhea Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Treatment for Heat Exhaustion

  • Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol). Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower,bath,or sponge bath.
  • Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help, because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.

Keep hydrated and stay cool!!!!

Crystal Stiner, RN, BSN, DON

Crystal Stiner RN BSN DON