Thuringia: More emergency patients in the heat in clinics

In the heat and sun of the past few days, medical emergencies in clinics in Thuringia have increased.

Thuringia: More emergency patients in the heat in clinics

In the heat and sun of the past few days, medical emergencies in clinics in Thuringia have increased. The emergency ambulances not only had to deal with the usual suspects such as circulatory problems, sunburn and sunstroke.

Erfurt (dpa/th) - In the past midsummer days, around 15 percent more emergency patients than usual were treated at the Helios Klinikum Erfurt. "Especially when it's particularly humid, there are frequent circulatory problems or severe headaches - heat stroke is also possible," said a spokeswoman for the Helios Kliniken Thüringen Mitte, responsible for the clinics in Erfurt, Gotha, Blankenhain (Weimarer Land) and Bleicherode (Nordhausen). ). According to the rescue service, acute exhaustion, dehydration and the resulting heart attacks, strokes and sugar disorders are currently common. Due to the resulting carelessness of people, more and more wounds after falls and accidents have to be treated.

Small things could help to prevent health problems, especially for younger people and professionals. The Helios clinics included a break in the midday heat, light meals to relieve the strain on the body, cooling off and drinking enough. The in-house kidney specialist Christoph Haufe recommends 30 to 50 percent more liquid. Patients with kidney and heart disease should, however, refrain from this rule of thumb and seek individual advice from their specialist. According to the chief physician at the Erfurt emergency center, Felix Lorang, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fibers or intelligent, modern fibers also prevents the body from overheating.

It looked different until the end in the emergency room of the Jena University Hospital - despite particularly high temperatures in the region. "Interestingly, we have not yet had an increased number of patients," said the head of the emergency room. The emergency rate is currently "normally high," said Jan-Christoph Lewejohann on Wednesday afternoon. It is difficult to predict whether this will remain the case. "That can change in minutes."

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