NEWS: Airport Employee Dies Due to Suspected Heat Stroke

Every year, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA and health bureau Department of Health, give necessary tips to prevent heat stroke.

These bureaus spread awareness, primarily because of how dangerous heat stroke could be. It could either give patients serious health problems, if not, death.

heat index as per pagasa

As seen on PAGASA Heat Index website

Sadly, a wheelchair NAIA attendant in Terminal 2 was found dead in Bay 45, ABS-CBN News reports.

According to the news, the 39-year-old NAIA employee, Elmer Limon, died due to suspected heat stroke.

Furthermore, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) stated that the employee’s body was found sprawled at Bay 45 last Friday afternoon, shortly after complaining of dizziness and extreme heat while on duty.

It was also stated that the airport doctor Dr. Loren Purisima administered first aid before he was rushed to San Juan De Dios Hospital. Unfortunately, his vital signs never recovered.

The cause of death was reportedly identified as a cardio-respiratory arrest.

Heat Stoke Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment

Heat stroke, according to WebMD is the most serious heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. I remembered our neighbor who just complained of dizziness and unfortunately, he also died due to heat stroke.

Symptoms:

  • dizziness/feeling of going to faint
  • nausea
  • headache
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering

Aside from munching on ice cream and halo-halo, write these tips down to prevent and treat heat stroke.

  • Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
  • Apply ice packs to the patient’s armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
  • Elevate feet
  • Give fluids
  • wear loose or light colored shirts
  • Keep hydrated

Lastly, stay indoors if need be. Should you need to go out, bring a fan, water, and ice packs. (I bring ice packs and water bottles for my family and I every time we go out.)

Our prayers go out to the bereaved family.

Do you have any tips to share? Let us know by commenting below.






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