How To Administer First Aid for Heat Stroke
With temperatures well into the tripple digits, reports of heat stroke are on the rise.
If you suspect that someone has heat stroke, you should call 911 or transport the person to a hospital right away. A delay seeking medical help can be fatal.
According to WebMD, while you wait for paramedics, you should move the person to a cooler area. If you don’t have access to somewhere indoors, then move them to a shaded area.
You should also remove any clothing that’s not necessary.
Here are some other ways you can keep someone cool while waiting for the an ambulance.
- Fan air over the person while wetting them with a garden hose or a wet cloth.
- If you can get some ice, make ice packs and put them in the persons armpits, groin, neck, and back.
- Put them into a tub of cool water, or an ice bath.
Consult the hospital if there’s a delay in getting them to an ambulance. Be sure to be as descriptive as possible about the environment you’re in so that a medical professional can give you the best advice.