As we enter the month of July, the Division of Developmental Disabilities would like to remind everyone to be aware of the dangers that come with the intense heat of summer weather. Individuals with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for heat related illness due to a number of factors. Please ensure staff are aware of the seriousness of heat related illness and use precautions to avoid it.
This occurs when the body is having difficulty adequately cooling itself, but the actual body temperature has not yet elevated. Signs and symptoms include:
This is a much more serious condition and occurs after failure of the body's temperature control system to maintain appropriate temperature. The individual will stop sweating and body temperature will elevate to dangerous levels. Symptoms can include:
Remove the individual from the heat and begin cooling measures. Use wet towels, place the individual in front of a fan, place ice packs over the neck and arms, etc.
Rehydrate with water, offering a glass of water every 15 minutes. If the individual refuses water, has vomiting, seems confused or has any loss of consciousness, call 911 immediately.
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