Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Heat Exhaustion First Aid

First aid for heat exhaustion includes:

  • Move the patient to a cool or shaded area.
  • Remove clothing.
  • Keep the victim lying down with feet elevated.
  • Fan the victim and sponge skin with cool water.
  • Provide cool fluids to drink, only if the patient is alert.

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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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