Tips to reduce risk of hyperthermia in older adults

Tips to reduce risk of hyperthermia in older adults

MED talks with Dr KK Aggarwal

Older people are at significant increased risk of heat-related illnesses during the summer months. Hyperthermia can include heat stroke, heat edema (swelling in your ankles and feet when you get hot), heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps, and heat exhaustion. If you suspect that someone is suffering from a heat-related illness:

Get the person out of the heat and into a shady, air-conditioned or other cool place. Urge them to lie down.

If the person can swallow safely, offer fluids such as water and fruit or vegetable juices, but not alcohol or caffeine.

Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists, neck, armpits, and groin. These are places where blood passes close to the surface of the skin, and a cold cloth can help cool the blood.

Encourage the person to shower, bathe, or sponge off with cool water if it is safe to do so.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
Vice President CMAAO
President HCFI

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