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Learning about Heatstroke
First Aid Steps
If see any signs of heatstroke, provide first aid immediately and take the patient to a doctor.
First Aid - Three Important Steps
Move to a cool place.
First move to a well air conditioned room or vehicle.
If outdoors with no place like that nearby, move to a shady, breezy area to rest.
Remove clothing and cool the body to lower body temperature.
Loosen clothing to let the body heat escape.
Use a bag of ice or an ice pack to cool the neck, armpits, groin, and other areas. Splashing water on the skin and fanning helps, too. If there is no fan, create a breeze using a towel or a piece of cardboard.
Take sodium and liquids.
If possible, drink a sports drink to absorb liquid and sodium at the same time.
If someone is vomiting or unconscious, do not force them to drink, as they might accidentally inhale the liquid.
Even while waiting for an ambulance, first aid can prevent symptoms from worsening. Heatstroke is potentially fatal, and must be taken seriously.
If you suspect heatstroke
- Immediately seek medical assistance or call for an ambulance.
- Move to a cool place.
- Remove clothing and cool the body to lower body temperature.
- Take sodium and liquids. If someone is vomiting or unconscious, do not force them to drink.