More Heat Related Illnesses In Wichita Emergency Rooms

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Wichita emergency rooms are seeing more patients with heat related illnesses.

"Once it hits upper 90s, 100s, and higher with the heat indexes, we see a lot of heat related illnesses. So, very important again for people to stay inside," said Dr. Matt Sinnwell, an emergency room physician at Via Christi on St. Francis.

Sinnwell said many of these heat related illnesses can be avoided by listening to your body and what it needs.

"They really don't understand their body's going to become dehydrated very quickly. People often times think that they can do more than they can in the heat, and the heat can just sort of take them by surprise," he said.

The emergency rooms at Via Christi have been occupied with people suffering from a variety of heat related illness that range from mild symptoms like nausea and vomiting to more severe symptoms like heat stroke.

Parents who were playing with their kids at Riverside Park said the heat was not going to keep them out of the sun but it would make them think twice about bringing more drinks.

"It's summer time. I know it's going to happen, especially here in Kansas with the dry heat, so it's just kind of something that if you live here, you should know what to do," said Natalie Phi-Halstead, parent.

Doctors gave this last word of advice to avoid a visit to the emergency room.

"Staying indoors where it's cool or shaded and drinking a lot of fluids to stay hydrated, I think are the most important keys to staying out of the emergency room during the high heat," said Sinnwell.


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