Heat exhaustion develops gradually and is caused by the body losing salt and water, usually through sweating due to being unwell or in hot, humid conditions. Those suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting are more at risk of heat exhaustion. It can cause very high body temperatures which can be dangerous. Those who have taken drugs such as ecstasy will sweat profusely, becoming dehydrated and leading to heat exhaustion. Watch out for the following symptoms:
- Dizziness and confusion
- Loss of appetite
- Pale, clammy skin
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Rapid shallow breathing
- Cramps in arms and legs
You should help the casualty to a cool place and lay them down with their legs raised. Make sure they have plenty of water to drink and if possible, dissolve one teaspoon of salt per litre of water and give this to them to drink too. If they make a speedy recovery, always ensure that they see a doctor. If their level of response deteriorates, you should dial 999 and place them in the recovery position. Monitor and record their pulse, breathing and level of response.
Suffering heat exhaustion on holiday
If you’ve suffered from heat exhaustion on holiday, you’ll know it can be no laughing matter. It’s important that you get the first aid you need, should you collapse or become unwell with heat exhaustion in a public place. If you’re in a bar or nightclub and become unwell, you rely on first-aiders and other people to get you the help you need. If this hasn’t happened, or if you feel that negligence has led to you suffering more than was necessary, why not consider making a claim for compensation?
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