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Mercy Flights sees increase in medical calls

Wednesday is the third day in a row the Rogue Valley has seen high heat.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 6:40 PM

MEDFORD, Ore-- With the increase in temperature this week, Mercy Flights in Medford is seeing an increase in calls for medical help.

It is normal for a spike in medical calls to happen during big temperature changes.  Mercy Flights says this happens whether the temperature goes up or goes down. During this heat paramedics do not have to spend a lot of time outside. They mostly help patients inside the ambulances.

Right now they see a lot of calls having to do with dehydration or heat stroke and exhaustion. Aaron Pawol with Mercy Flights says the first thing they do to help patients is getting them out of the heat. Then they treat them with fluids and any medications that can help with side effects. "We will always have those spikes especially people walking down the street that we get people calling in and saying hey I just saw someone or soso walking down the street they look like they need help. Usually when the changes happen whether it goes up or it goes down we usually start seeing those types of calls more often." said Pawol. 

Pawol also says that sometimes you might not feel the effects of the heat and sun until hours later. You might experience a headache four hours after you were out in the sun which means you are dehydrated.

The biggest thing you can do in these temperatures is stay inside and stay hydrated. If you have to be outside Mercy Flights suggests scheduling your days earlier or later when it's not as hot.

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