Dehydration, Hyperthermia and Heatstroke: Caring for Older Adults in Summer

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In Australia, heatwaves have caused more deaths than any other natural disaster. With older adults over 65 being one of the high-risk groups for hyperthermia (along with babies and young children, pregnant people and those with certain conditions), knowing how to appropriately care for your older clients during the warmer months is crucial.

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Hyperthermia is an umbrella term comprising several heat-related illnesses that are caused by disruption to homeostasis. Hyperthermia occurs when the body is unable to dissipate as much heat as it is absorbing or producing, leading to a thermoregulation failure.


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Maria Kuipers
29 Mar 2020
Great Learning. Short and precise.
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Anisha Tamang
31 Jul 2021
useful resource.
jane prezma
17 Jan 2022
Timely reminder of the need for adequate hydration and good ventilation in the workplace. for both clients and staff.
Sera Woonton
30 Nov 2021
Very informative.
Tania Costanzo
03 Nov 2021
helpful information
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Benjamin Stansfield
19 Oct 2020
This was a great article related to refining knowledge that a medical progressional may already have. It is important to recognize these conditions early to prevent further damage & irreversible damage.
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