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Hartford Hospital gears up to keep patients cool

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

With the potential for the year's second heat wave in the forecast, hospitals said they're gearing up for anyone who gets overheated.

Hartford Hospital's emergency department is no different.

Officials said they're ready for patients who suffer heat-related illnesses from sports, extensive yard work or other outdoor activities.

"The other type of heat related illness is called a heat stroke," said Dr. Ken Robinson, Hartford Hospital. "That can be a life threatening situation."

Robinson is the emergency medicine chief at Hartford Hospital.

He showed Eyewitness News one of six resuscitation rooms in the emergency department. They're the same rooms in which heart patients are cared.

They can also be used to cool down a person whose body temperature is in the danger zone, which is above 104 degrees.

"The monitor here would monitor the patient's blood pressure," said Jacintha Devillier, a nurse.

Devillier said she uses a slew of devices to check core temperature before any cooling instruments are used.

After the vital signs are taken, she said the next step is to begin the cool down with ice packs and cooled saline bags.

Saline is put into an IV and quickly makes its way through the patient. Depending on the core temperature, it can have the patient feeling much better in as little as 10 minutes.

Though doctors said it can all be avoided by simply staying out of the heat.

If people have to be outside, however, they recommend simple loose clothing and drinking plenty of water.

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