Hottest day of the heatwave brings elevated risks
- On January 18, 2019
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, is reminding people to take care during these heatwave conditions.
“Today is expected to be the hottest day of the current heatwave and, after a week of the weather we’ve had, that’s not ideal.
“We know that death rates and emergency presentations at hospitals increase during this kind of weather.
“So, please, stay as cool as you can, drink plenty of water, and look out for others.
“Children and the elderly are at elevated risk, so please continue to look out for your friends and family members.
“People with chronic conditions, those with low mobility, and people who are overweight are also at greater risk.
“Heat stroke happens when someone’s body temperature rises above 40.5oC and it is a serious medical condition that can kill or cause permanent injury.
“It’s really important to offer first aid as quickly as possible to lower their temperature and call an ambulance.
“You can find out more at NSW Health’s website.
“The weekend should provide some relief but more hot weather is forecast for much of next week.
“So, people in NSW will need to continue to be alert to the effects of heatwave conditions for a while longer yet,” Dr Lim said.
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