EMS responds to growing number of heat illnesses

EMS responds to growing number of heat illnesses

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The rising temperatures during the summer have some calling EMS for help because of heat-related illnesses.

In May, New Orleans EMS workers responded to 11 calls for heat problems, but the number rose to 25 calls in June.

Experts warn people who may be working outside to watch for certain symptoms that may be signs of heat stroke, including nausea and stomach cramps.

"Avoid the hottest parts of the day, so between noon and 3 p.m., if you can stay out of the heat, stay out of the heat. If you can't avoid it, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and stay hydrated - water, Gatorade - any of the electrolyte drinks are great, and avoid caffeine and alcohol," said Dr. Jeff Elder with New Orleans EMS.

Elder also cautions against leaving children or pets inside hot cars for any period of time because the temperature can rise as high as 120 degrees in just a matter of minutes. He said you should also keep an eye on elderly family members or neighbors and young children because they can be the most susceptible to heat stroke.

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