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Temperatures set to soar, QAS issue warning to stay cool

WITH temperatures set to soar across the state this week, the Queensland Ambulance Service is reminding residents to keep hydrated and stay cool during the hot weather.  

QAS Director, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety Tony Hucker said everyone was potentially at risk of suffering a heat-related illness during periods of high temperatures.   

"People most at risk of suffering a heat-related illness are the elderly, babies, pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers and those who suffer pre-existing medical conditions or take certain medications," Mr Hucker said.  

"Physically active people, such as manual workers like builders or those that play sport may also easily become dehydrated or overheat."  

Mr Hucker said drinking plenty of water and keeping your body as cool as possible can reduce the risk of heat-related illness.   

"We urge people to plan ahead to stay healthy during times of hot weather," he said.    

"Switch drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine or that are high in sugar with water and eat small meals often to stay hydrated.   

"Stay cool by wearing light, loose cotton clothing and stay indoors or find a cool shady spot when the sun is at its hottest between 10am and 3pm.   

"Open windows and doors and use fans to circulate air or turn on your air-conditioner to reduce the temperature indoors."  

Mr Hucker said signs to watch out for included headaches, nausea, cramps, fainting, excessive sweating, tiredness and dizziness.  

"During periods of hot weather we see an increase in cases of heat-related illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke," he said.  

"The symptoms of heat-related illness can include flushed or pale skin, cramps, fainting, nausea and vomiting, headaches and dizziness, a rapid pulse, disorientation and/or drowsiness.  

"In extreme cases, people can also lose consciousness and may collapse."  

Mr Hucker said that if people suspected someone may be suffering from a heat-related illness, they should dial Triple Zero (000) immediately.  

"Lay the person down in a cool spot, remove as much clothing as possible and give the person water to drink if they can swallow," he said.   

"You can also cool the person down with a cold shower, bath or sponge or by covering them with a wet sheet.  

"If they become unconscious, put them on their side and follow the Triple Zero Emergency Medical Dispatcher's instructions and they will provide vital first aid advice until paramedics arrive."  

Topics:  mackay paramedics qas summer weather


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