MARYSVILLE, July 2, 2013 -- With temperatures continuing to soar, Rideout Health is asking the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, know what to do with they observe them and offering tips on how to avoid them. "While North Valley residents are used to hot summers, the current extreme weather warrants extra precautions. Prolonged intense heat can cause life-threatening health problems, especially older persons and the very young," said Robert Plass, MD., Chief Medical Officer for the healthcare organization.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion include:
- Body temperature, i.e. 103o or more
- Skin that is hot and red (dry or moist)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Losing consciousness
Get to a cooler place, drink lots of water and cool down with cold, wet cloths.
Symptoms of the far more serious Heat Stroke include:
- Unusually heavy sweating
- Feeling of overall weakness
- Pale, cold, clammy skin
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Feeling dizzy or faint, or actually fainting
- Feeling nauseated or actually vomiting
"Herat stroke is deadly. If you are or see someone else experiencing any of these symptoms, act immediately and dial 911, " urges Dr. Plass. A complete list of tips for care and prevention and contacts for local cooling centers can be found on a special Beat the Heat section on Rideout's website ,at www.frhg.org/Stay-Cool.
Rideout Health is the independent, non-profit, community-based healthcare organization that operates Rideout Memorial Hospital, Fremont Medical Center, Rideout Cancer Center and other medical facilities around the Yuba-Sutter region. It also is the area's largest non-government employer. In fulfillment of its mission to provide quality healthcare to everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, in 2012 the organization provided nearly $50 million in unreimbursed or free medical care to uninsured or under-insured patients.