MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- This hot weather has been keeping paramedics busy dealing with people who are overwhelmed by the heat.
"I just put a little water on my hat, just wet it. And I take my natural ice in my water," said Ricky Battle.
Ricky Battle is just one of many people trying to beat the blazing heat.
The New Haven fire department responded to at least four calls Thursday, from heat stroke to someone passing out. Paramedics say the first thing they do is try to cool the patient down.
"We use this with ice packs, the neck under the armpits, and the core. Try to cool the patient down as quickly as possible," said Octavius Dawson, a paramedic.
When the heat goes up, so do the calls.
"If you go to the emergency room, you would definitely see a rise in fluid loss and heatstroke, heat exhaustion," said Dawson.
With the scorching heat, doctors are seeing a spike in heat related ER visits.
"Any time we have humidity like we've seen over the past week, we know we are going to see an increase in people coming in complaining about shortness of breath," said Dr. Alan Weiner, Assistant Director Emergency Department, Midstate Medical Center.
Doctors say the heat has no age discrimination.
"I think people who have chronic disease they know well enough to stay inside and air-conditioning. It's younger people have to work and have to be outside, they are the ones who are dealing with a heat exhaustion and are brought to the emergency room," said Weiner.
Most people are following the doctor's orders.
"Drinking a lot of fluids and trying to stay out of the heat as much as possible," said Linda Tuttle.
"Just keep hydrated because this heat is too much and AC in the house," said David Morales.
Heat Stroke signs include:
- High body temperature
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Skin may be hot and dry or may be sweating.
Call 911 if you see these signs.
Heat Exhaustion signs include:
- Heavy sweating
- Cool, pale clammy skin
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and vomiting.
Get the person out of the heat to a cooler place. Use a cool wet cloth and give them sips of water.
Heat Cramp symptoms include:
- Painful cramps
- Muscle spasms
- May affect the legs or abdomen
Give those folks sips of water.
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