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TN asks hospitals to reserve beds for heat-related admissions

With heat levels rising, the Directorate of Public Health (DPH) and Preventive Medicine has asked all institutions under the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) and Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services (DMS) to earmark two to 10 beds for persons coming in with symptoms of heat-related illnesses, to facilitate rapid recognition and response measures.

T. S. Selvavinayagam, Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, said that medical college hospitals already have protocols for managing heat-related illnesses such as the administration of IV fluids. “We have requested both DME (government medical college hospitals) and DMS (government hospitals) institutions to earmark two to 10 beds for persons with heat-related illnesses as rapid recognition and rapid cooling are essential for recovery. There is a need for quick recognition and emergency attention to be given to such patients,” he said.

The directorate has also advised the 108 ambulance teams to take up cooling measures before moving a person with heat-related symptoms to a health facility. “We have advised the ambulance teams to take up rapid cooling using ice packs or a cold water spray or tepid sponging before transporting the person to hospital,” he added.

Heatwave advisory
In a heatwave advisory, the DPH said that the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai has said that there was a possibility of increased heat levels in the coming days in Tamil Nadu. In particular, the IMD has said that there could be heatwaves in some parts of the State. In view of this, the Directorate has asked persons to stay adequately hydrated, indoors and outdoors.

It also advised people who worked outdoors to take extra precautions. Roadside vendors, construction workers, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme workers, bus crew and passengers, farmers, gig and platform workers, police and fire and rescue service personnel particularly traffic police personnel are at a greater risk of heat-related illness, it said.

The DPH said extra care should be taken in the case of children, especially infants and sick children, pregnant women as well as elderly and sick persons who should avoid going out into the heat. Persons who have to frequently go out due to work and those who work outdoors should drink adequate quantities of water.

Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) are available at all government primary health centres, health and wellness centres (health sub-centres), government hospitals and government medical college hospitals. ORS solutions provided at ORS corners can be consumed to stay protected from the effects of the heat, the advisory said. The Hindu

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