Extreme Hot/Cold

Located in Southeast Virginia, Eastern Virginia Medical School it subject to extreme weather changes and/or conditions; we would like to keep you informed on what to look for during these conditions.

 In a very hot environment, the most serious concern is heat stroke. In absence of immediate medical attention, heat stroke could be fatal. Heat stroke fatalities do occur every summer. Heat exhaustion and fainting are less serious type’s illnesses which are not fatal but interfere with a person's ability to work.

At very cold temperatures, the most serious concern is the risk of hypothermia or dangerous overcooling of the body. Another serious effect of cold exposure is frostbite or freezing of the exposed extremities such as fingers, toes, nose and ear lobes. Hypothermia could be fatal in absence of immediate medical attention.