Area Hospitals Seeing More Heat Related Illnesses

The dangers of these triple digit temperatures are becoming all to real for residents of Eastern Carolina and the health care professionals treating those suffering from heat related illnesses.

Emergency room nurses at Onslow Memorial Hospital tell WITN that they have been seeing three to four cases of heat related injuries daily since this heat wave began. The most dangerous of all being heat stroke. Symptoms of a heat stroke include confusion, hallucinations, muscle cramps, and fainting.

Nurses like Allison Devechio stress it is important to stay healthy during these high temperatures and listen to warning signs your body is giving you. "It's very hot out there and people need to use their common sense. Stay in, drink plenty of fluids and rest. When they're exercise they're getting too hot, they are getting overheated and don't realize it and they need to stay in and be cool."

CarolinaEast Medical Center has seen anywhere from one to three incidents of heat exhaustion and heat stroke daily. They say that's more than they were seeing earlier in the summer.


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