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cooling methods as possible is crucial to keep workers safe in the heat.
Use the principle of “cool first, transport second” to treat heat stroke
Teach your workers that if they suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, the first thing to do is to contact Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to get the sufferer to proper medical professionals.
In the meantime, they need to cool the affected worker immediately! The best practice for this is through cold water immersion, which is the process of placing a heat stroke sufferer in a large tub where cool water and ice are constantly added to bring down their internal temperature.
Continue immersion as you wait for EMS to arrive.
Be sure to check the sufferer after about 15-20 minutes for any signs of hypothermia in case you have accidentally misdiagnosed heat stroke.
Making sure heat stroke sufferers are being constantly cooled before medical personnel arrive is paramount for treating exertional heat stroke, so you may have to improvise.
If a tub is not immediately available, your workers can use a tarp as a makeshift tub. Have them put the worker in the center of the tarp, lift the sides to make a kind of sling, or taco shape, add cold water and ice, and immerse them as well as you can while you wait for EMTs.
They can also use water from a nearby shower or hose.
The bottom-line is your workers need to find the most efficient way to cool down the sufferer to a core body temperature of approximately 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
You generally have only 30 minutes to prevent longterm damage
Time is of the essence! Plan ahead so your workers are prepared and outfitted to provide the immediate cooling that’s crucial to prevent long-term complications from heat stroke.
If a worker can be cooled to approximately 102 degrees Fahrenheit and serviced by medical professionals within 30 minutes of initial collapse, their chances of survival without health complications are significantly improved.
However, if treatment doesn’t occur until 30 minutes after a worker shows symptoms of heat stroke, their chances of developing long-term complications increase.
Permanent complications and death become more and more likely if cooling is delayed well beyond 30 minutes.
This makes administering first aid incredibly important to prevent serious and deadly health complications.