Heat-Related Illnesses: Heat Stress, Exhaustion, and Stroke
The purpose of this course is to define heat-related illnesses, to explain the diagnosis, the causes, the symptoms, the complications, the treatments, and preventive measures.

Course Publication Date: November 20, 2010

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:HRI112010
Contact Hours:3.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine

NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2013.

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Learning Objectives
  • Identify 3 categories of heat-related illness.
  • Describe 4 mechanisms the skin uses to maintain temperature balance.
  • List and describe at least 5 types of heat stress disorders.
  • Differentiate between the 2 types of heat exhaustion.
  • List and explain the 2 types of heat stroke.
  • Describe the major body systems that can be affected by heat stroke.
  • Discuss treatment for major complications of heat stroke.
  • Describe methods to reduce body heat.
  • Discuss methods to prevent heat-related illness.
  • Explain first aid procedures outside of the hospital.
  • Discuss temperature increase in enclosed cars.


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