Jun 21, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
Heat stroke is a serious condition that can lead to severe injury and even death. It can occur when the body's temperature remains above 104 degrees Fahrenheit for even a short amount of time. High body temperatures are dangerous for everybody, but seniors and infants are more likely to experience severe effects like heat strokes than people in other age groups since their body's do not adjust to temperature changes as rapidly. Left untreated, heat stroke damages the brain, heart, kidneys, muscles, and can cause entire body systems to shut down. This makes prevention of heat stroke essential and something that all seniors and their home care providers should pay special attention to during the summer months.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of heat stroke include:
Dry, hot, red skin Flushed appearance Nausea or vomiting
Breathing challenges Agitation Confusion or disorientation
If not addressed quickly, heat stroke will often result in seizures and breathing cessation.
Since heat stroke is a critical condition, the first step to take if you suspect heat stroke is to get the senior out of the heat, apply cool compresses to the body, and immediately call 911 to get emergency medical attention. If the senior is able, have them drink plenty of water to lower the body temperature and rehydrate.
Seniors and their home care providers can reduce the risk of heat stroke by taking several simple precautions. For example,
For more information about heat stroke or any of the ways Comfort Keepers home care can help your senior loved one to maximize their safety, independence, and quality of life, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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