Hospitals plan for influx of patients with heat-related ailments

June 15, 2018 - 6:28 am

Doctors in the Kansas City area are preparing for a surge in patients as a heat advisory goes into effect Friday afternoon, and remains in active through the weekend.

When high heat and humidity occur, hospitals see more patients with heat exhaustion and heat stroke, said Dr. Stefanie Ellison, with Truman Medical Center.

"On days like today we can see anywhere from two to six patients that are affected," Ellison said.

People with heat exhaustion need to be cooled and rehydrated, but heat stroke is much more serious.

"Those that actually have heat stroke, or a temperature of over 104, we have to monitor them in the hospital and watch for signs of organ damage," Ellison said.

People who are outdoors and notice a headache, extreme sweating or nausea, need to get out of the sun and into air conditioning, Ellison said. It is also important to drink plenty of water.

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