This blog on first aid treatment for heat stroke is for information purposes only. If you want to learn to recognize and treat heat stroke take one of many first aid training with Vancouver First Aid.
Definition: Heat Stroke is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to regulate the body’s temperature and the core body temperature begins to rise dangerously. The normal body temperature is 98.6 Fahrenheit. Heat Stroke causes that temperature to rise to dangerous levels causing possible irreparable damage and, in some cases, death.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Typical precursor to heat stroke is heat exhaustion and heat cramps.
- Rapidly rising body temperature.
- Low or no levels of consciousness
- Skin is hot and dry as cooling mechanism is failing or already has failed.
- Pulse is weak and rapid.
- Breathing is weak and rapid.
Treatment for Heat Stroke:
- Contact EMS as heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency.
- Remove the victim from the hot environment.
- Rapidly cool the victims body.
- Cool the victim down as quickly as possible by removing excess clothing, using wet towels over top of the victim, fanning the body and applying cold compresses over the body’s core areas.
- Monitor vitals and provide CPR if necessary.
- Treat for Shock.
- The main difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion and heat cramps is that the body’s cooling mechanism has begun to fail and the skin is no longer wet but instead hot and dry.
- Heat Stroke can lead to death if untreated.
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