Posted on May 28, 2022
As unseasonable heat blankets North Texans there's an early reminder on how to prevent heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Over Mother's Day weekend MedStar reported it treated 10 patients for heat-related illness, five at Mayfest and five elsewhere in its service area. Six of those patients required transportation to area hospitals. MedStar says so far in May its crews have treated 18 patients for heat illnesses.
According to MedStar, heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses large amounts of water and salt through excessive sweating, particularly through hard physical labor or exercise.
This loss of essential fluids can disturb circulation and interfere with brain function, MedStar said.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE
Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include muscle cramps, paleness, sweating, nausea, and vomiting. MedStar said children and the elderly are especially susceptible.
Heatstroke is a life-threatening problem that occurs when the body suffers from long, intense exposure to heat and loses its ability to cool itself. MedStar said some of the most common signs of heatstroke include confusion, vomiting, alteration in sweating, hot and flushed skin, rapid heart rate, decreased sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, increased body temperature, or convulsions.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know starts experiencing any of the symptoms above, immediately call 9-1-1.
HOW TO AVOID HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
While heatstroke and heat exhaustion are common this time of year, they can be prevented. Here are some of MedStar's tips for avoiding heat-related illnesses:
HOW TO PREVENT HOT CAR DEATHS
Texas leads the nation in child hot car deaths, MedStar said. Some practical tips to prevent tragedy include not leaving children unattended in cars and making sure vehicles are secured to prevent a curious child from becoming trapped in the car on a hot day.
MedStar said if you have a car seat for a child, leave a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front seat as a reminder of the child in the back seat.
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