Sunday, June 29, 2014

Treat the Heat!

Annual Public Service Announcement: Yes, that's right, it's summer again, so KNOW what to do for heat stroke and heat exhaustion! If you've been sweating all day and suddenly stop, get confused or find it hard to think, you need help instantly! Drink lots of water or Gatorade right away! And, if you find someone in that state but unconscious, lower their body temperature with any ice or liquid available, even if you have to dump your slushee on them!
The carotid arteries in the neck, the armpits near the heart, and the femoral arteries in the groin are huge and make the best targets, since blood cools the body by radiating excess heat off those areas.  Pack on the ice (with a light towel cover) and watch the ice melt. As soon as the person is conscious, get them to drink, and ask them questions to determine their state of mind, especially if you don't know the person (they could have fainted due to medication or some other condition). And, when in doubt, haul their ass to a hospital!
Think about this: if the average blood temperature is 98.6 degrees, and it's 100 out, that's fever temperature; anything over 105 degrees is brain-cell-killing, deadly temps! So save your brain cells and be prepared to treat heat stroke!
And for heaven's sake, please share this information with everyone on all your social media.  We all need to know and understand this basic first aid, especially if we are going to see global warming the rest of our lives!


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