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6/7/10

Medical staff worried about people in the heat

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – This hundred degree weather has doctors and nurses worried, especially about younger children and elderly who are getting out in this heat.

"We've had a lot of patients come in with heat exhaustion we had one come in that was umpiring a game which makes you worry because I don't know if it was children or adults, young adults, but that really makes you worry because people aren't paying attention that they need water," said Covenant RN, Christa Dennis.

Dennis said parents should especially be worried about younger children and elderly getting out in the triple digit heat. "We had an elderly patient come in and his temperature did reach over 107.1, and people don't realize after about 105 degrees, your body can't tolerate anything like that," said Dennis.

The elderly patient came in over the weekend, and while doctors are unsure if there were other complications, the patient died shortly. "It was a very sad situation but it just keeps reminding us that we need to watch and be aware and make sure people are inside as much as they can be when the temperatures are getting as bad as they are," said Dennis.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, fatigue, cramps, blurry vision, vomiting, and shortness of breath. If you start experiencing confusion and you stop sweating you should go to the hospital.

But being outside in the sun isn't the only dangerous places. "My biggest fear regarding heat related illness is individuals left in a vehicle such as children or very old who succumb the heat," said Dr. Chuck Barton.

Barton said each year they usually see a child die from heat related illnesses. He also says several pets die when they're left outside without enough water.

Things to beat the heat include wearing light clothing, staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, stay out of the sun as much as possible, and just knowing your limits.

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