Mountain climber suffers from heat exhaustion in Glendalough
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN advised to be wary of the extreme weather after a mountain climber had to be treated for heat exhaustion in Glendalough.
The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue teams were tasked by the Gardai at 5.46 p.m. on Saturday to come to the assistance of a member of a climbing group. The emergency services were contacted after a climber began to fell unwell while descending towards the Miner’s Village.
Mountain rescue personnel located the party and assessed the patient. After being provided with fluids, and following a period of cooling and observation, the patient walked off the hill, accompanied by mountain rescue members. The incident was stood down at 7.50 p.m.
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are the two heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion is less serious but can develop into heatstroke, which is considered a medical emergency.
Wicklow’s mountain rescue teams advise that a person with heat exhaustion may be suffering from some, if not all, of the following: excessive thirst, fatigue and/or weakness, nausea and/or vomiting, headache, dizziness, confusion and/or anxiety, rapid heart rate, excessive sweating, muscle cramps, pale, cold and clammy skin and dark-coloured urine, which can indicate dehydration.
A person suffering from heatstroke may have some, or all, of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, as well as the following: hot, flushed, dry skin; fever of 40°C (104°F) or higher, lack of sweating, difficulty breathing, seizures and possible loss of consciousness
If someone appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion thee patient should be brought to a cool place or at least somewhere shaded from the sun. Any tight clothing or layers should be removed or loosened. Cool the patient by soaking a towel or T-shirt and applying it to their skin. If the patient is alert get them to sip fluids, but not anything with caffeine or alcohol. Also consider giving the patient salts and electrolytes as well as water.