Treat Heat Stroke

Important Information

Heat Stroke - Body temperature higher than 40o Celsius; Heat Exhaustion - Fluid loss and body temperature up to 40o Celsius

Heat stroke occurs when the body's temperature control system fails and the body temperature rises dangerously high; It should be considered as a life-threatening condition

Patients with heat stroke may have hot, dry, flushed skin, rapid pulse and be disoriented confused or unconscious; Treat heat stroke as a medical emergency; Follow primary care procedures

Heat exhaustion occurs when fluid intake does not compensate for perspiration loss; Persons with heat exhaustion may have cool clammy skin, weak pulse and complain of nausea, dizziness, weakness and anxiety

Patient Care; Heat Stroke

STOP - Assess and observe the scene; has the patient been exposed to a hot environment?
THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan; Is there a cool shady area nearby?
ACT - Check responsiveness and Alert EMS

Patient Care; Heat Exhaustion

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