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Signs of Heat-Related Illness and Tips for Staying Cool

When the heat index shows that temperatures feel as hot as 90 to 103 degrees, the National Weather Service recommends that people use extreme caution if they are exposed to the heat or have to be active. Heat cramps, heat stroke or heat exhaustion can result.

The first sign of a heat-related illness could be muscle cramping, the NWS says.

Watch for the symptoms of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; a fast and weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and fainting.

The remedies for heat exhaustion are to move to a cooler location; lie down and loosen clothing; apply cool, wet cloths to the body and sip water. If vomiting continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms of heat stroke include a body temperature above 103 degrees; dry or moist skin that is hot and red; a rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency that can result in death; call 911 immediately. Move to a cooler location; cool the body with cloths or a bath; do not give fluids.

Heat combined with humidity impairs the body’s ability to cool itself. In areas that are not accustomed to these conditions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, people might not know how to stay safe.

Here are some tips:

— Drink plenty of water or other beverage without caffeine or alcohol.

— Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat.

— Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit and salads.

— Spend time in a place with air conditioning, such as a shopping mall, movie theater or library.

— Slow down.

— Use an electric fan to exhaust hot air or draw in cooler air.

— Avoid sunburn, which reduces the body’s ability to dissipate heat. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside.

— Take a cool bath or shower.

— Check on older, sick or frail people.

— Do not leave children, disabled adults or pets in vehicles, even for a minute. Lock them out of parked or abandoned vehicles.

— Avoid being outside from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., especially for exercise.

 If you work outdoors:

— Allow more time to accomplish tasks and take frequent breaks in the shade.

— Schedule the most strenuous work in the morning.

— Build tolerance by gradually increasing workloads and allowing more frequent breaks for new workers or those who have been off for a week or more.

— Drink before feeling thirsty, preferably every 15 minutes.

— Freeze a few bottles of water to keep your water supply cool.

— If you run out of water, find some at a restaurant or shop.

— If urine is dark, drink more water.

— Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.

— Working in full sun adds 15 degrees to the heat index. Protective clothing can add to heat stress.

— Watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and know what actions to take.

— Stop work if you feel overheated.

— To cool down quickly, apply cool wet cloths behind the neck and run forearms under cold water.

— If you think your working conditions are unsafe, or if you have been punished for raising health and safety concerns, report it within 30 days to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration by calling (800) 321-OSHA (6742).


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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