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First patients admitted with heat symptoms

Due to the high temperatures, the first heat patients had to be treated in clinics in Hamburg. As the Asklepios clinics announced on Thursday, the emergency rooms are currently "expecting an increased number of patients with heat-related complaints."

In the course of the high summer temperatures, the first heat patients were already treated in the Hamburg clinics. If the weather continues, the experts estimate that about one in ten patients in the emergency room will be admitted because of heat symptoms. According to the Asklepios clinics, many of those affected have a lack of fluids

Heat warning in Hamburg For the second day in a row, the German Weather Service issued a heat warning for Hamburg due to the temperature of over 32 degrees Celsius. "In such a weather, if it lasts a little longer, experience has shown that around every tenth patient will be a hot patient," report the experts at Asklepios Kliniken. "In recent years, up to 25 percent of emergency patients sometimes came to the emergency room due to the heat," the clinics said. Typical complaints are headache, circulatory problems, dizziness and general malaise.

Health risk due to heat on the head and lack of fluid According to Professor Dr. Gunter N. Schmidt, chief physician of the department for anesthesiology, intensive care medicine, emergency medicine and pain therapy in the Asklepios Clinic Altona, said that the lack of fluids and the direct heat impact on the head are "particularly dangerous." increased fluid loss due to sweating. In addition to the symptoms already mentioned, this could also lead to a loss of consciousness as a serious consequence of the heat, explained Prof. Schmidt. Therefore, according to the emergency and intensive care doctor, especially old and sick people should be particularly careful at high temperatures. If heat waves with temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius last for more than a week, according to the experts, the body usually acclimatizes quite well, so that the most serious problems usually occur at the beginning of the warming periods.

Older people particularly susceptible to lack of fluids Older people react Prof. Dr. According to Schmidt, he is more sensitive to fluid loss, since they only make up 50 percent of body weight. In addition, sodium salt is always excreted in the heat with the body water, especially from the body cells including the nerve tissue. The latter literally dries out, those affected become tired and dull, the ability to react decreases and, in extreme cases, real confusion can arise, explained the chief physician of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy at the Asklepios Klinik Altona.

Tips for dealing with the high summer temperatures In order to avoid health problems due to the high summer temperatures, the experts at Asklepios Kliniken recommend, for example, wearing airy clothing, staying in cool rooms or avoiding unusual physical exertion. Sensitive people should also not be exposed to the blazing sun, take a long lunch break and change their diet to light foods such as vegetables, fish or fruit. In general, care must be taken to ensure adequate fluid intake, preferably mineral water or fruit juice spritzers. Avoid alcohol. When staying in the sun, the experts at Asklepios Kliniken also recommend wearing light headgear.

Alert the rescue service in the event of a heat stroke If the heat stroke or collapse has already started, according to the information from the clinics, "the emergency services of the fire brigade should be contacted immediately on telephone number 112". Affected patients should be moved to a cool place, their clothes should be loosened and cooling with a damp cloth is recommended, the experts explain. "In addition, give drinks, not too cool and not too much at once," is the recommendation of the Asklepios clinics. (fp)

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