Accession Number : ADA559068


Title :   Clinical Management of Heat-Related Illnesses


Descriptive Note : Book chapter


Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA THERMAL AND MOUNTAIN MEDICINE DIVISION


Personal Author(s) : O'Brien, Karen K ; Leon, Lisa R ; Kenefick, Robert W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a559068.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 8


Abstract : This chapter discusses the clinical manifestations, management, and prevention of heat-related illnesses. The spectrum of injury ranges from milder conditions such as heat cramps to fatal manifestations such as arrhythmias; it involves complications such as rhabdomyolysis and multiorgan dysfunction syndrome, and it may result in death from overwhelming cell necrosis caused by a lethal heat-shock exposure. Exertional heat stroke (EHS) is commonly characterized by development of mental status changes or collapse during physical activity in a warm environment. The severity of heat illness depends on the degree and duration of the elevation in core temperature (Tco). Heat stroke is an extreme medical emergency that can be fatal if it is not treated promptly with rapid cooling. To prevent and minimize complications and save lives, proper prevention, management, and clinical care are essential.


Descriptors :   *HEAT STROKE , CLINICAL MEDICINE , EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY) , HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT , ILLNESS , PREVENTION , SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE