EMSA issues fourth Medical Heat Alert of 2022

TULSA, Okla. — EMSA has issued their fourth Medical Heat Alert of 2022 after medics responded to five suspected heat-related illness calls in the Tulsa area as of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Two of the five calls resulted in patients being transported to the hospital.

EMSA strongly recommends everyone take heat precautions when spending time outside over the coming days.


·           PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to the summer heat.

·           Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors and take plenty of shade breaks.

·           No alcohol or caffeine.

·           If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.

·           Don’t limit your use of air conditioning.

·           Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.

·           Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors, including walking, running daily errands, yard work or sports and physical activity.

EMSA issues a Medical Heat Alert when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period. EMSA’s Heat Alert will remain in effect until the temperatures and/or heat-related call volume decrease significantly.