As the summer season begins, our thoughts gravitate toward sunny days and outings to the beach. For those of us in EMS, our mind set has to shift away from cold and winter related injuries and illness to the hazards of summer.
People suffer heat-related illnesses when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.
These hot summer months can have a devastating effect on the elderly populations, classified as those people who are aged 65 years and older. Several factors come into play as our older residents deal with the heat; Read More→