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Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke are two related health conditions that can be very serious if not treated quickly and effectively. Both, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke are caused by a mild-extreme elevation in body temperature which is normally controlled by sweating. Sweating allows a person to cool through evaporation, but once a person becomes too dehydrated to sweat, the body temperature can rise rapidly and dramatically. High humidity can also prevent sweat from evaporating, again, not allowing a person to cool effectively and eventually resulting in a heat induced illness.
Heat Exhaustion is likely to occur when a person’s body temperature rises above 37 degrees but below 40 degrees celsius.
Heat Stroke is the most serious form of heat-related illnesses, with a body temperature higher than 40 degrees celsius.
The two heat conditions, although caused by a dramatic rise in body temperature, present very different signs and symptoms.
Temperature 37-40 degrees celsius
What Are The Signs of Heat Exhaustion?
What Are The Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?
How Do You Manage Heat Exhaustion?
Without the correct management of heat exhaustion, the casualty could quickly develop heat stroke.
Temperature above 40 degrees celsius
What Are The Signs of Heat Stroke?
What Are The Symptoms of Heat Stroke?
How Do You Manage Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is a serious and life threatening condition.
Certain people are at greater risk of developing heatstroke, or suffering serious complications from severe dehydration. These people should be taken to hospital immediately:
How Do You Prevent a Heat-Induced Illness?
Prevention is the best way to manage heat-induced illness. This includes:
If you need to learn first aid, look into our training courses:
To practice managing a heat-affected victim, Australia Wide First Aid’s Provide First Aid course will educate you in the fundamentals of first aid. Not only will the course prepare you with the knowledge required to provide a first aid response, but the practical component in the course will give you the skills to provide life support during the management of casualty(s), the incident and other First Aiders at the scene.
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