Epidemiology: Heat Illness In The ED

<< Heat Illness In The Emergency Department: Keeping Your Cool


The data that exist on the epidemiology of nonexertional and exertional heat illness are imprecise, with inconsistent definitions of important terms. However, there are identifiable trends across all sources that are helpful in interpreting meaning. Nonexertional heat-related illness is noted most frequently during heat waves with high peak temperatures and extended exposure.10-12 Fewer epidemiological data are available with regard to exertional heat illness, but the studies that have been conducted present consistent risk factors such as young age and participation in sport or exercise in hot environments.

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