Heat Stroke

Scary Scene on the Six Train

By recent standards, this summer has been a mild one. And while temperatures are yet to reach historical highs, warm weather still poses a danger to commuters in New York City. Take, for instance, the following story, which occurred last Friday at the 77th Street 6 train station. An elderly gentleman, perhaps succumbing to heat stroke, collapsed and fell onto the subway tracks in front of a crowd of terrified onlookers.

Never discount the bravery of New York City citizens. Instead of hesitating, the straphangers on scene jumped into action. A few jumped down onto the tracks and, knowing that a train is always incoming, put their own wellbeing into jeopardy and lifted the elderly man to safety.

They were able to get him up onto the subway platform where he was later treated for his injuries. One bystander noted that, after the ordeal was over, there was blood on the subway platform. The entire incident is still being investigated.

Millions of people rely on the subway to get to and from work. Though we sometimes take the subway for granted, there are many dangers lurking that we don’t often consider. In the article found here, we covered general subway safety tips, which will help keep you safe in subway cars and on subway platforms.

In today’s article, we’ll focus on how to avoid succumbing to heat stroke, which is extremely important for those taking the NYC subway, and for New York citizens in general.

Diagnosing Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is more common than you might imagine. Every summer, emergency rooms city-wide experience a flux of incoming patients who have been afflicted by heat-related injuries. Heat stroke is a blanket term referring to any injury of the brain, spinal cord or internal organs caused by excessively high body temperatures. Generally speaking, heat stroke comes in two forms. The first is activity-induced heat stroke, experienced mainly by athletes and other active people who have overexerted themselves in warm climates. The second type is experienced mainly by the elderly and the very young whose immune systems are inherently weaker, and those with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions, which makes them more susceptible to the negative effects of heat.

The first step to beating any malady is accurately recognizing the symptoms. If you notice the following symptoms arising in either yourself or in someone you love, immediately seek medical assistance:

  • Noticeably higher body temperature
  • Flushed skin, or profuse sweating followed by dry, red skin
  • Rapid breathing, racing heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion or other altered mental state
  • Fainting

High Temperature Safety Strategies

Properly dealing with heat stroke requires a two-pronged approach: prevention and response. If you know how to stay cool, you can avoid heat stroke altogether. However, even the careful are sometimes subject to the ill effects of dangerously high temperatures.

Here’s a list of preventative measures you can take to beat heat exhaustion:

  • Try not to overexert yourself. If you’re engaging in physical activity, take frequent water breaks, and allow yourself to cool down at regular intervals.
  • This bears repeating: drink plenty of water! Hydration is of paramount importance. The general rule of thumb is that, in summer months, you should drink approximately one quart of fluids per hour.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. These two substances counter the positive effects of water, and will accelerate dehydration.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing. And never forget your sunscreen! Sunglasses and shade-providing hats are also hugely beneficial.

And if you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from heat stroke, remember to:

  • Immediately take the sufferer to a cool, dark place, out of direct sunlight.
  • Drink cold water. Rehydration is often the key to recovery.
  • Call for medical attention. As always, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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