Hospitals Use Body Bags Filled with Ice to Treat Heatstroke Victims in US Heatwave

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Hospitals Use Body Bags Filled with Ice to Treat Heatstroke Victims in US Heatwave

The ongoing heatwave in the United States is causing temperatures to soar to dangerous levels, and hospitals are being forced to use extreme measures to cool down heatstroke victims.

In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures have reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) for 19 straight days, breaking the city’s previous record. The heat has been so intense that hospitals have been using body bags filled with ice to cool down patients who have overheated.

“The body bag ice treatment is a last resort,” said Dr. Geoff Comp, an emergency physician at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix. “But it’s been very effective in cooling down patients who are in danger of dying from heatstroke.”

The body bag ice treatment works by surrounding the patient’s body with ice, which helps to lower their core temperature. The treatment is typically used for patients who have a body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or higher.

“The body bag ice treatment can lower a patient’s core temperature by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit in just 30 minutes,” said Dr. Comp. “That’s why it’s so important for hospitals to have this treatment available during a heatwave.”

In addition to the body bag ice treatment, hospitals are also using other methods to cool down heatstroke victims, such as ice packs, cold water baths, and fans. However, the body bag ice treatment is the most effective method for quickly lowering a patient’s core temperature.

The heatwave in the United States is expected to continue for the next few days, and temperatures are expected to remain dangerously high. Hospitals are urging people to take precautions to stay safe in the heat, such as drinking plenty of fluids, staying indoors, and avoiding strenuous activity.

People sit inside a Phoenix cooling centre

 

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