NYC Summer Safety: Your Health in the Heat

POSTED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014 AT 1:34 PM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

June is National Safety Month. The doctors and staff of Park Avenue Radiologists understand the importance of radiology safety year-round. For each of our patients we take every precaution against overexposure to radiation. The most recent developments in radiology are used to avoid too much radiation exposure while still producing an accurate reading. Our top of the line CT scanner, for example, offers CARE Dose4D technology which allows our technologists to acquire high resolution images while simultaneously reducing radiation dose by nearly 70%, according to Siemens. Our American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation means that our facility has been recognized for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation. All of our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Radiology and are experts in their respective subspecialty fields.

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Safety in radiology is something that you don’t have to worry about when visiting our Upper East Side private radiology facility, but beating the heat is a safety and health concern that we should all be conscious of this time of year.

 

 

Summer has officially begun and in these rising temperatures being able to recognize that you or someone around you might be suffering from a heat related illness could be life saving information. New York City’s asphalt, concrete, and metal flanked infrastructure retains the heat. This means it can sometimes be as much as ten degrees hotter within the city than in surrounding areas. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions or mental health conditions, the socially isolated, and certain other groups are at greatest risk for heat illness. Understand ways to protect yourself and those you care about by knowing the signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke:

Signs of Dehydration (According to National Institutes of Health):

In Adults:

  • Being thirsty
  • Urinating less often than usual
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling tired
  • Dizziness and fainting

Signs of dehydration in babies and young children include a dry mouth and tongue, crying without tears, no wet diapers for 3 hours or more, a high fever and being unusually sleepy or drowsy.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion (According to the NYC Office of Emergency Management):

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin.
  • Body temperature may seem normal.

Signs of Heat Stroke (According to NYC Office of Emergency Management):

  • Hot, dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • High body temperature
  • Lack of sweating and
  • Possible unconsciousness.
  • Body temperature can be so high that brain damage or death may result in fewer than 10 minutes if the victim does not receive immediate medical attention.

For more information, including beat the heat tips, prevention, responding to heat illness, water and energy conservation, and planning ahead, read the complete 2014 brochure published online at nyc.gov.

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