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Nurses Notes

by Dianne McClure

Clinic Dates: Thursdays 11 am - 3 pm

Nursing Clinic at the Judith Fisher Centre


Dianne’s cell: 250-240-5712 | Clinic phone: 250-333-8891


Summer is here and along with it, hopefully some hotter weather! In the past few years there has been an increase in BC of the number of days with recorded temperatures above 30°C.  When temperatures rise so does the risk of heat related illness. People who work outdoors are more likely to be affected.


The following are 4 of the most common heat related syndromes and recommended measures to take.


Heat rash: New or worsening rash in response to heat. Measures: Move to a cooling environment. Make sure to change clothing often and wear loose fitting clothing.

Heat cramps: Muscle cramps and persistent sweating. Measures: Immediately move to a cooling environment and cool with fanning or water. Rehydrate with water and electrolytes. If a worker continues to work with heat cramps it could lead to heat exhaustion.


Heat exhaustion: Headache, nausea, weakness, fatigue, sweaty, cool and pale skin, increased heart rate and breathing rate. Measures: Immediately move to a cooling environment and sponge with cool water. Remove any tight fitting clothing and provide oral fluids if conscious. Urgent medical attention is warranted. Heat stroke could develop if not treated.


Heat stroke: Dry hot and red skin with no sweating. Altered level of consciousness, irregular pulse and increased respiratory rate; cardiac arrest; body temperature above 41°C. Measures: Move to the coolest place possible and apply cold water. Heat stroke is a medical emergency! Call emergency services.

Preventing heat related illness is the goal so please, watch out for signs in yourself as well as those you may be working with. Stay cool.

Take care, ©Dianne

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