San Antonio, TX, August 14, 2019 – While getting sweaty and sticky is one uncomfortable side effect of enjoying the summer sun, it’s important to remember that the heat can do more than make you uncomfortable – it can make you sick, or worse.
Heatstroke, the most severe form of heat illness, can be fatal if left untreated. According to the CDC, extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010.
The good news is heat-related illnesses are preventable. To stay cool this summer and avoid heatstroke and other heat illnesses, follow these simple guidelines:
- Never leave children, infants or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are open.
- Wear lightly-colored, lightweight, loosely-fitting clothing to keep cool and comfortable.
- Plan outdoor activities for the coolest times of day, such as morning or evening.
What to do if someone has heat-related illness
If you spot any signs of heat-related illness – such as fever, confusion or combativeness, rapid pulse, flushed skin, lack of sweating, feeling faint, staggering or coma – seek medical care immediately.
Anyone suffering from a heat-related illness should be taken to a shady or air-conditioned spot and told to lie down. Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists, neck, armpits and groin to help cool the blood. If the person can swallow, give them nonalcoholic fluids, like water or apple juice.
About Methodist Healthcare
Methodist Healthcare System – San Antonio is the largest provider of health care in South and Central Texas with 28 facilities, including ten hospitals and two free-standing emergency departments, serving over 608,000 inpatients and outpatients annually. The Methodist Healthcare team is comprised of 11,000, making Methodist Healthcare the second largest private employer in San Antonio. The Texas Quality Foundation selected Methodist Healthcare to receive the 2014 Texas Award for Performance Excellence. Methodist Healthcare is the first and only health care system in South Texas to receive this award, which requires an organization to demonstrate its commitment to the highest quality standards. With more than 2,700 credentialed physicians, Methodist Healthcare provides the largest array of medical services in the region, including neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, oncology and women’s services. Visit www.SAHealth.com to learn more.