With summer heat in full force, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital employees, Robert Maniscalco, James ‘Bubba’ Campbell, and Heather Ingalls recently spoke with United Airlines employees at Bush Intercontinental Airport about the importance of hydration.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke, dangerous side effects of working outside during the summer, occur when your body can no longer sustain the pace, the heat, the humidity, or the loss of fluid.

“Your body cools off by sweating,” said James ‘Bubba’ Campbell, R.N., Memorial Hermann Northeast Emergency Center clinical coordinator, “and as long as you remain hydrated, the body is able to cool itself off.”

 

When you become dehydrated, the problems start.

 

“If your body can no longer cool itself,” said Campbell, “you start storing heat inside. Your core temperature begins to rise and you put your internal organs and central nervous system at risk.”

 

Signs of heat exhaustion include general fatigue, weakness, nausea, dizziness, muscle cramps, and an increase in body temperature. Temperatures above 104, an inability to sweat, acute respiratory distress, and loss of consciousness can be signs of heat stroke, which is much more severe and can lead to death.

The Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast is located at 18951 Memorial North in Humble. For more information, click here.

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