Kauvery Main Hospital successfully treats a woman aged 70, for heat stroke with multi organ failure.

Chennai, June 6, 2023 - Kauvery Main Hospital, Alwarpet, a leading multi-specialty hospital in Chennai, successfully treated a 70-year-old woman for heat stroke with multi organ dysfunction. The woman was admitted to the hospital with high fever and confusion. She was admitted to the ICU for stabilisation and further evaluation which revealed that the woman’s heart, liver, lungs and kidney were deteriorating, signifying multi organ failure.

This scenario with altered mental behaviour and confusion, extremely high core temperature, multi organ dysfunction and history of exposure to hot weather conditions led to the doctors diagnosing her with heat stroke, a serious life threatening condition where the body’s temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

The woman was treated in ICU with a combination of fluids, medications, cooling measures and ventilator support. After three weeks in the hospital, she made a full recovery and went back home.

"This incident is a reminder of the importance of taking precautions against heat stroke, especially during the hot summer months," said Dr. Sridhar, Senior Intensivist Critical Care, Kauvery Hospital. "Symptoms of heat stroke can include a high fever, delirium, loss of consciousness, fits, hot and dry skin. If heat stroke is suspected, it is important to seek medical attention as if not treated immediately this condition can be fatal."

Dr. Sridhar said that people who work or exercise outdoors in hot weather are at increased risk of "exertional heat stroke ". In the case of this patient it was non-exertional heat stroke, where the patient stayed at the top most floor of an apartment and the air conditioning had stopped working for a couple of days. This resulted in a situation where the heat accumulation in her body exceeded its ability to dissipate heat.

"There are a number of things that people can do to protect themselves from heat stroke, these include staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and avoiding strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day," said Dr.Sridhar.

Kauvery Hospital is a leading multi-specialty hospital in Chennai, India. The hospital has a team of experienced doctors and nurses who are dedicated to providing high-quality care to patients. "I would like to commend our doctors' exceptional medical acumen in accurately diagnosing and treating this case of heat stroke, a condition that can push human body temperature over 105°F, far beyond a typical fever. Their swift action and precise treatment have led to a successful outcome, emphasizing the importance of clinical expertise in tackling such critical cases. We are deeply appreciative of their commitment to patient care," says Dr Aravindan Selvaraj Co-Founder and Executive Director Kauvery Hospital Chennai.


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