National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 19-25 2013, brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day pre-hospital lifesaving services.
On May 18, the Phoenix Fire Department will open up four fire stations across Phoenix to let the public get to know their first responders and
to discuss the importance of pre-hospital emergency medical service.
Emergency medical calls make up 87% of the calls to the Phoenix Fire Department. In calendar year 2012, firefighters responded to 149,441 emergency medical calls.
The HEAT is ON!
The triple digit figures have arrived. Do you know how to deal with heat-related injuries?
WHEN IN DOUBT CALL 911
Heat-related injuries fall into three categories:
• Heat Cramps
• Heat Exhaustion
Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that occur during profuse sweating or when inadequate electrolytes are taken into the body. Treatment for heat cramps is to rest in the shade, get near a fan, spray the person with water and massage the cramp.
Heat Exhaustion is an dangerous. A person will perspire profusely and most likely will be pale.
It is best treated by taking the patient to a cool place, applying cool compresses, elevating the feet and giving the patient fluids.
Heat Stroke is an emergency – CALL 911. The brain has lost its ability to regulate body temperature. The patient will be hot, reddish and warm to the touch. The temperature will be markedly high and there will be no perspiration.
One of the best methods for cooling the body during any heat emergency is to wrap the patient in cool, wet sheets.
May is National Water Safety Awareness Month!
Learn how to sign up for swim lessons at Phoenix pools.