Be Careful in the Heat!

Heat Safety Tips for the Paradise Valley and Phoenix Area

We just lost a foreign visitor today in Phoenix to Heat Intolerance Syndrome who was hiking on Camelback Mountain and fell into a ravine – triple digit heat is serious!

If exercising or working outdoors from sunrise to sunset, please remember to drink a quart of fluid every hour! Alternate between true electrolyte solutions and water.  Eat salty foods, but never salt tablets.  Make sure you’re urinating at least every 3-4 hrs, and clear to pale yellow in color, or you’re not getting enough fluids.

Protect your head with a hat, and apply both UVA and UVB blocking sunscreen (not needed greater than SPF 30) at least every 2 hours to exposed skin when sweating or swimming.

If you develop a headache, nausea, weakness, or clammy skin,  you’re developing Heat Intolerance Syndrome—Heat Exhaustion.  Get into a cool, protected place immediately and then rest, increase fluid intake, and try 2 Tylenol and/or 2-3 Advil (or equivalent).  If this does not help, or if you become confused or stop sweating despite increasing temperature, you’re moving into “Heat Stroke” which can be life threatening!!!  Get to the nearest E.R. immediately or call 911.

We here at Doctor Housecalls of Paradise Valley can administer i.v. fluids, vitamins, analgesics, and antiemetics to you, in the comfort and privacy of your home or business daily – and we have plenty!!!!

Please call anytime!  (480) 948-0102

All the Best, and Stay Safe,

Steve Lipsky MD, FACEP

Owner/Mgr., Doctor Housecalls of Paradise Valley

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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