The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP) yesterday urged the public to take precautions against heat stroke as most parts of the country continue to sizzle.
PHAP president Rustico Jimenez said there has been an increase in heat stroke cases since last month.
“Before summer, you would usually see one case of heat stroke in a hospital per month. But starting last month, five to 10 patients have been coming for consultation,” he said. “Most of the patients, however, were allowed to go home after being rehydrated.”
The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines heat stroke as the “most serious heat-related illness” and can cause death or permanent disability.
“It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106ºF or higher within 10 to 15 minutes,” according to the CDC website.
The warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include an extremely high body temperature (above 103ºF); red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating); rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion and unconsciousness.