A Record 300 Treated For Heat Related Symptoms In Tulsa This Summer

Thursday, August 4th 2011, 2:04 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- EMSA says it has treated and transported 300 heat-related patients so far this summer, setting a new record.

The latest patient was an 26-year-old male patient who was treated and transported Thursday to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa in critical condition.

"This is not the type of record we want to set for Tulsa, and it is something that we are monitoring very closely," said Captain Chris Stevens of EMSA.

"This extreme heat is not going anywhere soon - people need to take this very seriously."

As of Thursday morning, EMSA had taken 294 heat-related patients to local hospitals. By 9 p.m. the number had risen to 300.

With no sign of relief in sight, EMSA is recommending Tulsa area residents:

  • Pre-hydrate before you start your day
  • Consume plenty of water and or Gatorade
  • Wear light colored/loose fitting clothing
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade
  • Cut out beverages containing caffeine, carbonation and alcohol.

Four cooling stations are open in the Tulsa area:

Tulsa County Social Services @ 2401 Charles Page Blvd in Tulsa
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. seven days a week

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center @ 621 East 4th Street in Tulsa
Noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week

Salvation Army Center of Hope @ 102 N. Denver Ave. in Tulsa
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Case Community Center @ 1050 W Wikiwa Rd in Sand Springs
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday