Tuesday, 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:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • If you stop sweating
  • Take your temperature; if it’s rising without signs of infection contact your doctor

MEDIA:    For media inquiries please contact Evie Polsley at epolsley@lumc.edu or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.