May 24, 2014
Picking up where Preventing Heat Injuries in the Summer: Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1) left off, below we will take a closer look at some of the best treatments for heat exhaustion and heat stroke when outdoor workers start to display the signs of these serious heat-related injuries.
Heat Exhaustion Treatments
If noticed early enough, heat exhaustion can typically be treated without medical intervention by:
- Stopping all physical activities
- Getting out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned environment or a shady spot
- Resting with one’s back and legs elevated higher than the heart level
- Rehydrating by drinking plenty of water and/or sports drinks (particularly those that replenish electrolytes)
- Taking a cold shower to try to lower one’s body temperature
- Removing excess clothing and/or changing into clothing that is nonbinding, lightweight and breathable.
If, after taking the above-described measures, a person afflicted with heat exhaustion has not recovered within about an hour, it’s time to seek medical attention. At this point, IV fluids may be administered to the individual to try to rehydrate him.
Heat Stroke Treatments
When there is a risk that a person’s heat exhaustion has progressed to full-fledged heat stroke, it’s generally time to seek medical treatment. Treating this condition can involve any combination of:
- Immersing a person’s in an ice or cold water bath to try to bring down his body temperature
- Misting cool water on the skin while a warm fan blows on the skin to reduce the individual’s body temperature
- Applying ice packs to the individual’s neck, groin, lower back and armpits to try to bring down his temperature (With this technique, the individual may also be wrapped in a special cooling blanket to maximize the effects of ice pack exposure.)
- Administering muscle relaxants (like benzodiazepine) to try to quell body shivers and, as a result, make other treatments more effective at reducing the body temperature.
Be sure to look for the conclusion to this blog for a discussion on what outdoor workers can do to prevent heat exhausting and heat stroke.
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