Hello everyone I decided to remind everyone to be careful on their hiking trips this summer. This past Friday I went on a day hike on a trial that I had been on before but still about got myself into trouble For the first 2 hours things were fine but the last hour I started showing signs of heat exhaustion had I been on a longer trail things could have got bad. In retrospect these are the thing that I did wrong.
I started my Hike at 10 am. In Va the temps were in the 90’s so by noon you are looking at least 90 degrees plus and this isn’t including the humidity.

I failed drink extra fluids a couple of days before the hike.
During the hike I was drinking 32 ounce of water per hour. I think I need to double my water consumption when I’m on hikes.

I failed to bring my cell phone with me. I know theres no guarantee that a cell will work in the woods, but it’s better to have than not.

I was hiking by myself.

Please be careful when you’re out in the woods especially the solo hikers.

http://www.fema.gov/hazard/heat/heat_aid.shtm


Condition



Symptoms



First Aid

Sunburn
Skin redness and pain, possible swelling, blisters, fever, headaches
Take a shower using soap to remove oils that may block pores, preventing the body from cooling naturally.

Apply dry, sterile dressings to any blisters, and get medical attention.
Heat Cramps
Painful spasms, usually in leg and abdominal muscles; heavy sweating
Get the victim to a cooler location.

Lightly stretch and gently massage affected muscles to relieve spasms.

Give sips of up to a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. (Do not give liquids with caffeine or alcohol.)

Discontinue liquids, if victim is nauseated.

Heat Exhaustion
Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale, or flushed. Weak pulse. Normal body temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise. Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and headaches are possible.
Get victim to lie down in a cool place.

Loosen or remove clothing.

Apply cool, wet clothes.

Fan or move victim to air-conditioned place.

Give sips of water if victim is conscious.

Be sure water is consumed slowly.

Give half glass of cool water every 15 minutes.

Discontinue water if victim is nauseated.

Seek immediate medical attention if vomiting occurs.

Heat Stroke
( a severe medical emergency)
High body temperature (105+); hot, red, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid shallow breathing. Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity. Possible unconsciousness.
Call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services, or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.

Move victim to a cooler environment.

Removing clothing

Try a cool bath, sponging, or wet sheet to reduce body temperature.

Watch for breathing problems.

Use extreme caution.

Use fans and air conditioners.

Some of these things i learned in Military first aid training courses....hope this post helps.
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