Heat Keeps Health Officials on High Alert

by Mark Bullion on July 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

The near triple digit heat has local health officials on high alert this week.

Genesis Hospital Director of Emergency and Trauma Services David Davis says the hot weather brings many people in, young and old, primarily for heat related illnesses including heat exhaustion.

"It happens to athletes, it happens to joggers, it happens to people out mowing their grass where you just get too hot, and it’s treated by cooling someone off, getting them in the shade, hydrating them, and getting some fluids in them," said Davis.

If heat exhaustion is not treated right away, it could lead to even further and more dangerous complications including heat stroke, where your body’s temperature exceeds 104 degrees.

"That’s a certified medical emergency, requires immediate intervention, it’s life threatening, according to some stats I just read, over 700 deaths from heat stroke every year in just the United States," said Davis.

Davis says to get medical attention right away if you or loved ones you know may be experiencing heat related illnesses.