HSHS hospitals offer tips for preventing and recognizing heatstroke
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI – As we enter the summer months and start getting back to our typical summer activities like swimming, yard work, golf and many others we need to be cautious of heatstroke. HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals recommend taking the following measures to prevent heatstroke, which could cause serious complications or death:
Heatstroke can require emergency treatment to prevent serious complications or death, especially for those who are most vulnerable such as infants and children, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight and people who are on certain medications. If you suspect someone is experiencing a heatstroke, call 911 or seek medical assistance immediately.
Heatstroke signs and symptoms include:
The emergency departments at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave. in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2661 Hwy I in Chippewa Falls are open 24/7 if you suspect heatstroke is occurring and symptoms are not improving.
For more information about heat-related illnesses, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
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