Should I call 9-1-1 for someone with heat stroke?

Brett Snodgrass
Oncology Nursing
It is important to call "911" for those suffering from heat stroke, because if left untreated it can quickly lead to seizures, organ failure and ultimately death.  It is also important, because often times a person suffering from heat stroke may not be responsive and unable to drink fluid.  EMS can quickly start an IV and begin to rehydrate the person.
Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately. Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency. 

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