Fwd: [ren-fest] HEAT STROKE WARNING
- I got this on another of my rennie groups...thought it was appropriate for
us and heatwood :)
>Think it can't happen to you? YOUR WRONG! Very wrong!_________________________________________________________________
>MANKATO, Minn., 11:42 a.m. EDT August 1, 2001 -- Vikings' Pro Bowl lineman
>Korey Stringer died early Wednesday at a Mankato hospital following
>complications from heat stroke, according to hospital officials. Read the
>article at http://www.clickondetroit.com/ sports and top news.
>I wanted to share an article I did for a news group last year that many my
>find beneficial as well here.
> SUMMER TIME HEAT SURVIVAL - With summer comes the heat. Soon it will
>start to reach in the upper 90's and 100's soon in most areas. Normally
>that would not bother us thanks to air conditioning and swimming pools.
>But we who attend fairs, do not have that luxury.
>So I wanted to share with you some basic first aid tips and survival
>techniques so you don't fall victim to heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. YOU
>should always familiarize yourself with the FIRST AID tent and take note of
>the staff (those with radios and those who hear those voices in their
>heads) these are your lifesavers in an emergency.
>All to often Rennies over dress for the weather, sure the garb looks great
>but the poor person dies in the heat with 20 pounds of material on. This
>article address this issue. Please take care of yourself and those around
>you while playing at the fair in the heat.
>I've seen way to may people who are on the go pass out, or fall victim to
>heat problems simply because they would not slow down, and or remove the
>garments, and drink water through out the day. Don't let this happen to
>Below are a few things to watch for as you make your way through the
>crowds, many will welcome the fact that security and playtrons are
>concerned with the heat and follow your advice to seek shade, and get some
>water. Remember we are not kids anymore, and our bodies can't take the
>heat as it once did years ago. So take care of your body and it will take
>care of you.
> OVER HEATING
>Symptoms at a fast glance: Red Face and sweating profusely these are your
>fist warning signs to any potential problem. If you see someone like this
>YOU HAVE TO TAKE CHARGE. Simply ask them if they are ok - LISTEN - listen
>to the words, are they slurred, WATCH THE EYES are they focused on you or
>in a daze. If they are with others, check them as well - You want to rule
>out a drunk first, or other mind altering stimulants. If you still think
>they are over heated convince them to walk with you - GET TO SOME SHADE and
>TO SOME WATER or escort them to the FIRST AID TENT and have the EMS staff
>check them real quick!
>I love to use this line when helping people - " Have you seen the view from
>up/over here yet, you can just sit here under this great shade tree and
>take all the pictures you want, and know body knows you're here plus you
>can get something to drink right over there."
> If they walk with you check the wind direction and attempt to find the
>best area with a breeze. They will make a comment believe me, such as awww
>that feels good. NOW's your chance, You can offer to fetch them some ICE
>WATER or send someone for it, if you feel the need have security get EMS to
>come over to you as well.
>You should carry a small bottle of water with you at all times just for
>emergencies like this. Often times that's what I have in my tankard when
>walking (cheaper than beer when spilled). Hand it to them or poor it on a
>paper towel or napkin and let them cool down. If you haven't seen a change
>in them after a few minutes, you may be dealing with a mild case of heat
>exhaustion and medical help may be needed. It's safer to let trained EMS
>staff handle a more serious case as they are trained for such problems.
> Elderly people or those with HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE should take special
>precaution as well as young kids, they tend to over do and try to keep up
>with those around them. So you have to be on the look out for these
>symptoms at all times. By taking "Shade Brakes" you can prevent problems
>before they arise.
> Again you have to use your judgment and ask them how they feel, tell them
>why you approached them and your concerns. I stopped you because ... and I
>didn't want to see you have a problem and not being able to enjoy the
>fair... You just seemed a bit flushed and hot so please be aware of your
>condition and try to cool off with some water - if the privy area has
>running water, you may wish to mention it to them as well.
> If the person is in a costume have them take the outer layers off, and
>relax for a spell, this may not be easy for women though depending on the
>costume but they should be able to "DRESS DOWN" to the minimum items
>needed to cover the body. You may even find it necessary to use a vendor's
>shop or both to put someone in if no shade can be found. Have someone
>contact the EMS group or the Fair Security staff and then let them know
>where you are and let them handle it from there once they are on scene.
> So when should you get help? At the first signs of a potential problem!
> Telling Someone is the key to safety.
>If the person becomes non-responsive or is just totally dazed which are the
>extremes GET HELP! Don't be a hero and try to do it by yourself. You are
>not trained for this let someone who is make the call for the treatment
>needed. You are just the eyes and ears for them - remember that!
>Below are some guidelines to the more sever symptoms of heat exhaustion and
>heat stroke. Remember COOLING THEM DOWN can save their life, but paying
>attention first can prevent it from escalation.
>Heatstroke, reaction to extreme heat involving high body temperature and
>disturbance of the sweating mechanism. Symptoms may include hot, red, dry
>skin; a strong, rapid pulse; and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke is often
>fatal. Heatstroke results from excessive sweating that depletes the body's
>salts. Sweating then ceases. First aid must be immediate and consists of
>rubbing the patient's skin with cold water or alcohol.
>Heat stroke is defined as a core body temperature in excess of 105 degrees
>with associated central nervous system dysfunction in the setting of a
>large environmental heat load that cannot be dissipated. Complications
>include respiratory distress, intravascular coagulation, renal or liver
>failure and seizures.
> HEAT EXHAUSTION:
>Heat exhaustion is a less severe condition in which exposure to heat causes
>fatigue. Body temperature is normal or below normal, and sweating
>continues. First aid involves cooling the person and providing sips of salt
>water. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion can be prevented by moderating
>activity and by an adequate intake of fluids and salt.
> TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR:
>If you are one who tends to sweat a lot while outside doing the everyday
>things - please ask you doctor about salt tablets and heat conditions,
>monitor your blood pressure and above all DRINK PLENTY OF WATER your body
>will thank you for it. It's our goal to ensure you have a great weekend
>and enjoy your visit to your fair and not the local hospital.
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- This is why I did not attend nor will attend any tubing trips this
year. I get real dehydrated when I'm preggo and didn't wish to risk
- Not a problem Kitten. The baby definately comes first! Hope the pregnancy is going well for you and we will be seeing you soon.*hugs*Cindy aka Violet aka Fury aka Wigglin' aka Handela----- Original Message -----From: ladywolf18@...Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 6:38 PMSubject: [Renfolks] Re: Fwd: [ren-fest] HEAT STROKE WARNINGThis is why I did not attend nor will attend any tubing trips this
year. I get real dehydrated when I'm preggo and didn't wish to risk
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