What is the goal of treatment for heat stroke?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Robert S Helman, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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The goal of treatment is to reduce the temperature by at least 0.2°C/min to approximately 39°C. A flexible indwelling thermistor rectally or an esophageal probe can be placed to monitor core body temperature during treatment; alternatively, a more modern method is to use a temperature-sensing Foley catheter. Because thermal instability may persist for a few days after the onset of heat stroke, the temperature must be monitored continuously until it is stable.


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