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Handling Heat Related Illnesses

This course is meant to train medical staff to treat and identify pilgrims who fall victims to heat stroke or heat illness in Hajj season, especially that now Hajj season coincides with the hot summer months. In addition, this course will provide evidence based guidelines for heat related illnesses to unify the practice and minimize variations.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Follow the guidelines for prehospital management and the Red Crescent in the field
  • Determine the degrees of urgency to treat heat illness inside the hospital
  • Demonstrate how to use different cooling measures in the field, during transportation, and in the hospital
  • Recognize symptoms of minor heat disorders
  • Relate their assessment, treatment, and prevention
  • Recognize heat exhaustion symptoms, treatments
  • List the admission and discharge criteria for the patients
  • Recognize heat stroke symptoms for diagnosis, recommend treatments for heat stroke, respond to complications, and list the discharge criteria for the patients
  • Recognize heat injury symptoms, recommend treatments, and list the admission and discharge criteria for patients
  • Recognize symptoms of exertion associated hyponatremia and describe how to manage it in the field and in the hospital
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