Preventing and Recognizing Heat Related Injuries

We were able to sit down with Pete Crane, PA-C from  Urgent Care of Papillion to talk about how we can prevent the onset of heat related injuries and illnesses due to the increase in temperature that we see during the summer months.
Prevent
On days where the temperature is up in the 90’s, be sure that you are hydrating yourself well throughout the day and not just when you’re outside. It’s better to prepare than to react to something like a heat stroke.
Pete couldn’t emphasize enough the importance of “hydration, covering up and limiting your exposure time when it comes to dealing with temperatures in the 90-100 degree range like we’ve seen recently.” Try to plan outdoor activites earlier in the morning or later in the evening if possible. If this is not an option then be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and electrolytes and take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning.
Symptoms
Serious problems could develop very quickly, so listen to your body and look for these symptoms:
  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
By the time you begin to feel the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion it is extremely important to take the initiative in treating yourself or the person experiencing the symptoms as this will help limit the damage.
You should hydrate and cool yourself as soon as possible at the first sign of any of these symptoms. “Get out of the sun, use cold towels, fans or a cool shower” to help decrease the effects of a heat related injury. Medical advice should be sought immediately if you’ve fainted, felt feelings of light headedness, blurred vision, dizzy, or nausea. If you are unable to reach your medical professional either call 911 or come talk to Pete at their location off 72nd and Giles.
A good source for more information can be found at: http://firstaid.webmd.com/tc/heat-related-illnesses-prevention and WebMD to check your symptoms.
Urgent Care of Papillion
8419 South 73rd Plaza, Suite 101
Papillion, NE 68046
Open 7 days a week.
Monday – Friday – 8:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday -Sunday – 9:00am – 5:00pm