UMC seeing increase in heat-related illnesses

UMC seeing uptick in heat-related illnesses

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With triple-digits constantly in the forecast, the UMC Emergency Center is beginning to see an influx of patients for heat-related illnesses.

Friday's temperature may climb all the way up to 107 degrees, as Rip Griffin Park will be hosting the Lubbock NCAA Regional, making heat a serious problem for a lot of visitors.

Matthew Troxel, a paramedic with UMC, says they're starting to see more people suffering from heat exhaustion and heat strokes.

"Everything from passing out and low blood pressure to cardiac arrest and dying," he says.

The Medical Director for the UMC Emergency Center, Dr. Christopher Piel, has some advice on how to stay safe if you have to be out in the heat.

"Listen to your body. If you're getting fatigued, don't push your way through it. That's probably time to take a break. Heaven forbid if you start to get confused or you quit sweating, it's time to stop for the day and get inside, get some fluids, try to hydrate yourself again."

Both men encourage people to stay hydrated if they're out in this heat.

"Drink a lot of water, sports drinks, Gatorade's. Stay away from things that dehydrate you like coffee, tea, soda, Dr Pepper...whatever your drink is," Troxel says.

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