Heat Stroke

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Signs/Symptoms—(1) Face is red and flushed. (2) Victim becomes rapidly unconscious. (3) Skin is hot and dry with no perspiration.

Treatment—(1) Lay victim down with head and shoulders raised. (2) Reduce the high body temperature as quickly as possible. (3) Apply cold applications to the body and head. (4) Use ice and fan if available. (5) Watch for signs of shock and treat accordingly. (6) Get medical aid as soon as possible.

NOTE: The almanac is not responsible for actions undertaken by anyone using these first-aid procedures. This information cannot substitute for a CPR or first-aid course. Contact your local Red Cross to find out about a variety of community programs that teach life-saving skills and safety information. Sources: “Life-saving Skills Summary” table and graphics from First Aid First © 1995 by the American Red Cross. “Other Emergencies” courtesy of First Aid, Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration, U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

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