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Education and Prevention
HEAT RELATED INJURIES
Each year we see numerous heat-related injuries due to our warm summer climate. High humidity combined with temperatures over 95 degrees can result in at least three distinct types of injuries:
Heat Cramps – Painful cramping of large muscle groups such as the legs, arms, and abdomen. Treatment includes fluid and electrolyte replacement and movement to a shaded area.
Heat Exhaustion – More serious than heat cramps. Symptoms include heavy sweating, headache, light-headedness, nausea and vomiting and core temperature of 99-104 degrees. Initial treatment should include movement to a shaded environment, loosening clothing and giving 1-2 liters of fluid over 2 to 4 hours.
Heat Stroke – Serious emergency! Elevated temperature with central nervous disturbance and possible absence of sweating. Damage to brain and vital organs are a real possibility. Treatment should include calling EMS and cooling the patient aggressively with a fan and ice packs in the groin and under the armpits.
Certain medications can cause a person to be at increased risk of heat injuries. Laxatives, diuretics, and certain over-the-counter cold and allergy medications can aggravate the situation. When in doubt, ask your physician about risk factors for all medications you are taking. Remember, always drink plenty of fluids.
Mental Health Resources
Mental health and safety of our residents is incredibly important! The free and confidential resources below will help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained counselor in your area.