Thursday, July 8, 2010

ALERT: Scorching Heat Threatens Seniors

With 100-plus temperatures scorching the East Coast, excessive heat and poor air quality pose a grave health risk for seniors, particularly those living at home alone.

People age 65 and older, people who are ill, and children under four are particularly at risk. Air conditioning and drinking fluids are key defenses against extreme heat. For guidance, visit the Centers for Disease Control website information page on extreme heat.

The HME sector serves on the nation’s front line of providing healthcare to seniors. Please leave a comment and let us know what steps your company is taking to ensure the safety of patients you serve during this heat wave.

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