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July 16, 2013
Are You Prepared for this Heat Wave?
Loyola University Health System Physicians Offer Ways to Stay Healthy in the Heat
WHAT: Forecasters are predicting this week’s heat wave to be one of the hottest this summer. Loyola physicians are available to comment on staying safe in the heat.
Loyola physicians warn when the temperatures and heat index get to these levels it can be a very dangerous situation. The elderly and the very young are the most vulnerable, but we all need to be on the lookout for signs of heat-related illnesses.
- Prevention and planning are important when dealing with extreme heat. Here are some additional tips:
- Pre-hydrate. Even before you step out the door, start drinking water.
- Stay indoors in an air-conditioned or well-ventilated building.
- If you have to go outside, stay out of the sun.
If you must be outside performing strenuous activity, be sure to drink water at least every hour even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Warning signs of being overheated:
- Unusual fatigue
- If you stop sweating
- Take your temperature; if it’s rising without signs of infection contact your doctor
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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.