Heatstroke often goes hand in hand with sunburn and is caused by failure of the thermostat in the brain responsible for regulating body temperature. This leads to dangerous overheating after exposure to heat or a high fever. Heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke and it can develop quickly, leading to unconsciousness within minutes. Look out for the following symptoms:
- Hot, flushed and dry skin
- Fast pulse
- Deterioration in response level
- Body temperature over 40 degrees centigrade (104 degrees Fahrenheit)
You need to lower their temperature fast and call 999. Move them somewhere cool, stripping off outer clothing and wrapping them in a cold, wet sheet. Keep the sheet wet until their temperature drops to 38 degrees centigrade (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit). If you don’t have a sheet, try sponging them with cold water or using a fan. Replace the wet sheet with a dry one when their temperature returns to a normal level. You should monitor and record their pulse, breathing and level of response until an ambulance arrives. If they become unconscious, you’ll need to open their airway and check they’re breathing. If they are not, you may need to give them CPR.
Have you been affected by heatstroke?
Heatstroke can come on quickly, often with no warning, so you may need to rely on other people to look after you if you are affected. If they fail to spot the signs of overheating and help you to cool down, you could become seriously ill. If you think that somebody else’s negligence has caused you further injury, why not get in touch with a personal injury lawyer, to find out whether you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation?
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Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown