Hospital Sees Spike In Heat Related Illnesses
The area’s heat wave may be subsiding, but these summer temperatures can still take a toll on people.
Helen Keller Hospital is seeing a spike in heat related illnesses.
Already, in just the first few days of July, the ER staff treated 13 cases of heat exhaustion. In the first six months of the year, doctors treated 16 cases.
“It’s definitely a dramatic increase,” said Helen Keller Emergency Department Director, Dr. Dan Spangler.
Doctors warn people to stay aware of their symptoms. Sweating and stomach sickness are the first signs of trouble.
“It`s related to people out having fun basically who are not aware how hot they are getting and all of a sudden the heat exhaustion starts setting in,” said Dr. Spangler.
Doctors say they see a wide age range of patients when it comes to heat exhaustion but younger people are most susceptible to the sun.
If you go to the emergency room with heat sickness symptoms, doctors will stabilize your temperature and start IVs to get you hydrated.