First Aid Tips : How to Treat Heat Exhaustion


During the warmer months it’s possible that
many of us may experience a heat related injury known as heat exhaustion. Hi, I’m Captain
Joe Bruni, and what we’re going to discuss and talk about is how to treat the heat exhaustion
type of injury. Heat exhaustion will normally present itself in a person who feels light-headed
or feels like fainting. The patient may indeed have fainted. Lie the person down in a cool,
shaded area and remove them from direct sunlight, or from the heat environment if possible to
an air conditioned environment. If this is not possible, find a shaded area. Remove any
type of clothing that may retain heat like hats or any other type of clothing that will
help retain the heat into the body. If the person is conscious have them drink some type
of cool water or sports drink to help replace lost electrolytes. Cold compresses could also
be applied to the person’s forehead and other parts of the body. Apply the cold compress
to the forehead area and begin to fan the person’s body and, in extreme cases, even
wet the entire person’s body down while continuing to try and get more fluid replacement accomplished
as the person comes back to better health. I’m Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe, and we’ll
see you next time.