Queenslanders are being urged to be vigilant during this week’s warm weather and keep an eye on children and the elderly with temperatures forecast to remain in the 30’s and early 40’s.
The elderly, babies and young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women and those who suffer pre-existing medical conditions or who take certain medications are most at-risk of heat-related illness according to QAS Clinical Director Tony Hucker.
Mr Hucker says heat-related illnesses had the potential to be life-threatening.
“Symptoms may vary from patient to patient but a person suffering from heat exhaustion may present with muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting.”
“Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness that presents with symptoms similar to heat exhaustion, but which may also include an extremely high body temperature; red, hot, dry skin, but possible some clamminess; a rapid pulse; headache and confusion.”
Mr Hucker says people should seek medical attention if they suspected they or someone else was suffering a heat-related illness or contact Triple Zero (000) if you believe it is a life-threatening situation.
“Lay the person down in a cool spot, remove as much clothing as possible and give them water to drink if they can swallow.”
“You can also cool the person down by covering them with a wet sheet or by putting them in a cool shower or bath. If they become unconscious, place them on their side and follow the Emergency Medical Dispatcher’s instructions as they provide vital first aid advice until paramedics arrive.”