As we progress into this hot and humid summer, I thought I’d share some tips and information on the very real threat of heat exhaustion, which I experienced this weekend while attempting to mow my lawn. Not fun!
What causes heat exhaustion and heatstroke?
As the air temperature rises, your body
stays cool when your sweat evaporates. On hot, humid days, the evaporation of sweat is slowed by the increased moisture in the air. When sweating isn’t enough to cool your body, your body temperature rises, and you may become ill.
What is heat exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion happens when your body gets too hot. It can be caused by physical exercise or hot weather. You may experience:
Feeling weak and/or confused
What should I do if I think I have heat exhaustion?
Get out of the heat quickly. Rest in a building that has air-conditioning. If you can’t get inside, find a cool, shady place. Drink plenty of water. Do NOT drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks (such as soda). These can make heat exhaustion worse. Take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool water to your skin. Take off any tight or unnecessary clothing. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes, you should contact your doctor. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can progress to heatstroke.
What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke is when the internal temperature of the body reaches 104°F. Heatstroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. Heatstroke can cause damage to your organs and brain. In extreme cases, it can kill you.
For more information on the dangers of heat stroke, Click Here.
County Commissioners, City Officials, and other decision makers are showing their residents they care, in a BIG way.
Starting just about 2 years ago, AirMedCare Network, on behalf of its participating providers, Air Evac Lifeteam, Med-Trans, EagleMed and REACH Air Medical Services) began offering municipalities, (large and small) the option to pay one lump sum, and provide coverage to all their residents, in the event of a medically necessary flight.
There are now several types offered, from coverage extending across the entire footprint for the residents of the municipality, to only being covered for flights that originate within their boundaries (city/county/etc). Many options are offered, to suit even the smallest town’s budget.
Based on the average flight cost, every flight that occurs to one of the area’s residents can affect the local economy in a big way. Burdensome flight bills can have a ripple effect in the local economy, causing residents to no longer have discretionary income to spend at local businesses.
Lots of calculations go into the process, and many factors affect the price. Looking at the prior year’s flights from the area is the best indicator to the decision makers on weather an MSP is right for them.
There are currently 54 counties/cities/towns across the AirMedCare Network’s 32 state coverage that have shown their constituents they CARE about their financial peace of mind, and have stepped up to provide their residents the financial safety net that AirMedCare Network has to offer.
Below are some links to recent MSP announcements across the US; your county should be next! Let your municipality leaders know!