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Heat Stroke

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Heat StrokeHeat stroke is the most severe of the heat-related problems. It can lead to malfunction of the heat-control centers in the body and is life-threatening. The cooling mechanism of the body fails due to excessive humidity and heat. This causes the internal body temperature to rise leading to stroke.

Symptoms

  • Body temp above 104 f
  • Flushed, dry, hot skin
  • Lack of sweating
  • Constricted pulse
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Rapid pulse
  • Shallow breathing
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Action

  • Move the casualty out of the sun and into a cooler site
  • Cool the casualty by covering him/her with damp sheets or by sponging with wet water
  • Direct air onto the person with an electric fan or newspaper
  • Do NOT give anything to drink
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