What are the Wilderness Medical Society guidelines on the prevention of heat stroke?

Updated: Aug 02, 2019
  • Author: Robert S Helman, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Prevention and planning

Screen for significant preexisting medical conditions.

Recognize that being overweight is associated with greater risk of heat illness.

Ensure euhydration before activity.

Ensure ongoing rehydration with a “drink to thirst” approach sufficient to prevent greater than 2% loss of body weight.

Use the wet-bulb globe temperature index to assess heat risk.


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