Heat Warning: Tips to stay healthy and safe

| July 18, 2011

With another heat wave hitting the St. Louis campuses and temperatures nearing the high 90s in multiple regions North America, Suzanne Maddox, RN with Webster’s Student Health Services, shares the following tips and reminders about dealing with extreme heat.

As Maddox says, this information is vital to know “when seconds count. A heat emergency can turn deadly quickly. Knowing what to do until help arrives can save a life!”

For those who must work or play in the heat:

– Take frequent breaks
– Drink water or electrolyte solutions such as Gatorade (which helps replace important electrolytes lost in sweat)
– Wear loose fitting and light colored clothing and pay attention to their body by watching for the symptoms listed below

Symptoms

Heat Exhaustion
Muscle cramps
Sweating
Headache
Nausea
Weakness
Dizziness

Heat stroke

confusion
strange behavior
vomiting
inability to drink
red, hot, dry, skin (may stop sweating)
Shallow breathing
Seizures

What to Do

– CALL PUBLIC SAFETY at ext. 6911 or 314-968-6911 (on the Webster Groves campus).
– Move to the shade if possible
– Loosen tight clothing/if able to drink – give sips of sports drink or water
– Sponge with cool water and fan

This information is brought to you by the Student Health Services and Public Safety departments of Webster University. This is not an exhaustive list of responses to heat emergencies. This is a guide to help you take immediate action until trained help arrives. Always call x6911 or 968-6911 when on the Webster Groves campus for immediate attention 24/7.

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  1. Suzanne Maddox says:

    Thank you for writing this up however the information presented had some errors. Under heat exhaustion the list of symptoms should have ended with dizziness. Shallow breathing and seizures are indicative of heat stroke. My apologies for any confusion in the way the original information may have been received. Thanks, Suzanne

    • janskyd says:

      Suzanne, the original message must have formatted wrong in email. We’ll make the adjustments you mention in the main post here.