It’s UV Safety Month. During the summer, UV (ultraviolet) rays can increase the heat index and become dangerous, especially for the elder. One side effect of a high UV Index is a heatstroke.
Heatstroke is a serious condition that can cause serious injury if it is not treated immediately. It’s marked by fever and sometimes unconsciousness that is caused by the body’s exposure to high temperatures. JEVS at Home’s Nurse Kim wants you to know the signs of a heatstroke and what to do if you experience one.
Signs of a Heatstroke
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
What to Do
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please call 9-1-1 and follow these actions to help keep you stable and cool.
- Move to a cooler location
- Lie down and loosen your clothing
- Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible
- Sip water
- If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately
For more information about heatstroke, please contact Nurse Kim at Kimberly.McIlhenny@jevsathome.org or 267-298-1681.