Sick homeless man helped by TPS
Whenever there is a hot day in Toronto there is the chance that people will be overcome by the heat. When you add illness and alcohol to the mix the heat of the city can be a deadly mix. Today on the sidewalk across from Dundas Square two Toronto Police officers came across a man who appeared to be very ill and in need of assistance.
After quickly accessing the situation the police called for Toronto EMS to transport the unresponsive man to hospital.
Heat related illnesses can happen to anyone very quickly. Several factors can make the heat even more dangerous for certain people. According to Toronto Health groups at risk include people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally housed or homeless.
One of the dangers when it comes to heat is dehydration which can kill if action is not taken quickly. Make sure you have plenty to drink during the summer.
Heat exhaustion is caused by loss of water and salt, often as a result of exercise in hot weather. If it is not treated, it may progress to heat stroke.Heat stroke is a very serious condition that is life-threatening.
The main signs of heat stroke are:
- increase in core body temperature, usually above 40° C (104° F)
- central nervous system dysfunction, which may take the form of altered consciousness, seizures, confusion, emotional instability, or irrational behavior
If you suspect someone has heat stroke quickly get medical attention.