heat illness


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heat illness

A general term used to describe the harmful effects on the human body of being exposed to high temperature and/or humidity.
See: tableheat cramp; heat exhaustion for table; heatstroke; syncope
See also: illness
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The major risk factor for exercise related heat illness is high ambient heat combined with a high level of humidity.
Remember, you don't have to go to the tropics to experience heat illness it can occur even in the UK hills when the work rate is high and the patient is heavily dressed in non-breathable waterproofs--the so-called 'boil in a bag' syndrome.
This minor heat illness can be divided into two categories: water depletion heat exhaustion and sodium depletion heat exhaustion (Reed & Anderson, 1986).
First aid for victims of heat illness consists of reducing body temperature by any means available--getting them in the shade, fanning, sprinkling or sponging with water-and by getting them to drink water or other fluids.
The family noted that, during the inquest, much reference was made to the Joint Services Publications, guides to heat illness and risk assessments which MoD witnesses claimed that they did not know about or did not read.
Previous witnesses described how two soldiers - known by the codenames 2J and 2P - were withdrawn with heat illness at 12.
Heat stroke is a severe heat illness, defined as hyperthermia with body temperature greater than 40.
On average, 447 patients each year were treated for heat illness and released from emergency departments, 152 were hospitalized, and 13 persons died from heat stroke.
Dehydration, a trigger for heat illness, is worsened in the absence of cooling devices like fans and air-conditioning," he said.
The HAAD has again published special Ramadan edition posters in addition to its normal 'Safety in the Heat' posters, which outline in a simple comic strip format the precautions to be taken in this regard, and how to avoid heat illness and ensure adequate hydration before and after heat exposure," Darren Joubert, occupational health and environment senior officer at the HAAD, told Khaleej Times.