We're dropping like flies out here with no end in sight. Ugh. I hate summer. :mad:
Phoenix ER busy treating overheated patients
PHOENIX - Phoenix emergency rooms are busy treating patients for heat exhaustion and heat stroke with forecasters predicting daytime temperatures Monday and Tuesday of between 109 and 114 degrees.
The head of the emergency room at Phoenix St. Joseph's Hospital Dr. Donald Lauer says they are definitely seeing cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke at the inner city hospital. Lauer says that every year there are a handful of deaths related to the excessive heat.
Heat stroke can be fatal if not promptly treated. Cooling off a victim is critical in treating heat stroke.
Symptoms for heat exhaustion include nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, a rapid heart rate and weakness.
Lauer says during the hot weather we should drink lots of water, avoid alcohol and replace salt lost through perspiration.