Boating Safety 101: How to Recognize Heat Stroke
By Ace Boater.
Heat stroke is also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency which requires immediate attention. It occurs mostly in the very young, or the elderly with health problems. Working or exercising in hot weather or hot conditions without drinking the necessary amounts of fluids is the main cause of heat stroke.
Symptoms of heat stroke :
- having trouble keeping up with the rest and complaining of dizziness
- extremely high core temperature of up to 41°C (106°F)
- hot, red, dry skin
- muscle cramps
- rapid pulse
- rapid, shallow breathing
- confusion, strange behaviour
- possible fainting, but can be revived
Proper way to treat heat stroke:
High core temperatures damage the internal organs, especially the brain. The loss of bodily fluids can also produce dangerously low blood pressure. If you suspect someone has heat stroke, begin treating him/her immediately, while someone else calls 9-1-1.
- You must do everything possible to cool the heat stroke victim immediately.
- The best way is to remove them from the sun, immerse the body in cold water, such as a river, stream, or bathtub.
- Otherwise, remove most of their clothes, douse them with water, and fan them vigorously.
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