First Aid Tips : How to Treat Heat Exhaustion

Uploaded by eHow on 10.11.2008

During the warmer months it's possible that many of us may experience a heat related injury
known as heat exhaustion. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what we're going to discuss
and talk about is how to treat the heat exhaustion type of injury. Heat exhaustion will normally
present itself in a person who feels light-headed or feels like fainting. The patient may indeed
have fainted. Lie the person down in a cool, shaded area and remove them from direct sunlight,
or from the heat environment if possible to an air conditioned environment. If this is
not possible, find a shaded area. Remove any type of clothing that may retain heat like
hats or any other type of clothing that will help retain the heat into the body. If the
person is conscious have them drink some type of cool water or sports drink to help replace
lost electrolytes. Cold compresses could also be applied to the person's forehead and other
parts of the body. Apply the cold compress to the forehead area and begin to fan the
person's body and, in extreme cases, even wet the entire person's body down while continuing
to try and get more fluid replacement accomplished as the person comes back to better health.
I'm Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe, and we'll see you next time.