Seniors are at great risk for heat stroke and heat-related illness. This summer has been especially hot so it’s important to know the warning signs of a heat stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. In a severely overheated house, for example, body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
If you encounter a senior who is in an overheated environment, look for the warning signs of a heat stroke, including: extremely high body temperature (above 103°F), lack of sweating, a rapid or strong pulse, a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion or unconsciousness. Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms.
MediNurse offers private duty nurses that can check on loved ones throughout the day. A registered nurse can stop by the home to make sure everything is okay or can call to check-in. This unique service can be very beneficial to families taking care of aging adults. MediNurse will work with you to customize a care plan that works for you and your family.
For more information call 314.781.2800 or visit www.medinurse.com.