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.

HEAT SAFETY TIPS:

·           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.