Maury Regional Medical Center wants you to know that while summer is a great time for vacations and outdoor fun, it is also the season be aware of heat-related illness and ways to prevent it. Here are some tips.
• Drink more (non-alcoholic) fluids and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid liquids with large amounts of sugar which will cause you to lose more body fluid and very cold drinks which will cause stomach cramps. (If your doctor generally limits your fluid intake or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.)
• Even a few hours in an air-conditioned place can help your body stay cooler when you go back in the heat. If your home is not air-conditioned, visit the local air-conditioned library, mall, shopping outlet or other public facility.
• Take a cool shower or bath.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
• Check regularly on those more vulnerable to heat – infants and young children, the elderly, those who have a mental illness and those who are physically ill (especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure).
• If you must be out in the heat limit your activity to morning and evening hours and try to rest in shady areas.
• Watch closely for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, especially in infants, young children and older adults.
• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
For more information on heat-related illness and other health safety tips, visit cdc.gov.
About Maury Regional Medical Center:
Maury Regional Medical Center is a 275-bed facility that serves more than 260,000 people in southern Middle Tennessee and has a medical staff of more than 200 physicians. From a comprehensive interventional and surgical heart program to a neonatal intensive care and cancer center, the medical center offers a wide range of advanced services. The medical center was recognized in 2013 as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics as well as one of the nation’s top health systems in 2011 and 2012. Maury Regional serves as the flagship for a group of facilities including Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, Wayne Medical Center in Waynesboro, Lewis Health Center in Hohenwald, Maury Regional Spring Hill and Spring Hill Health Center in Spring Hill. For more information, visit mauryregional.com.
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