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How can I lower the body temperature of a person with heat stroke?

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Call 911 right away. As you wait:

  • Get the person into air conditioning if possible or out of the sun and into the shade.
  • Spray the person with cool water, or apply cold wet cloth or ice packs to the armpits, neck, and groin. Fan air across the person.
  • Do not give anything to drink if the person isn’t alert or is vomiting.
  • If the person vomits, turn the person on his or her side to keep the airway open.

From: Heat Stroke Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Heat Related Illnesses."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Heat Injury and Heat Exhaustion."

CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety."

Waters, T. , August 2001. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Heat Related Illnesses."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Heat Injury and Heat Exhaustion."

CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety."

Waters, T. , August 2001. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

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