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Heat-Related Illness Clinician’s Guide

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Emerging Issues, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Emergency Management, Health Equity, Patient-Centered Health Outcomes.

Keywords: Access to Care, Agricultural Workers, Chronic Diseases and Care, Community Health Workers, Education of - Staff (e.g., Competency-Based), Environmental Health, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, Latinas, Migrants, Occupational Health and Safety, Outreach, Persons Experiencing Homelessness, Physical Activity, Prevention, Research, Rural Health Services, Safety Net Providers, Screening.

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Other.

Primary Audience: Clinicians Outreach Staff
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) PCAs

Language: English

Developed by: Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with Farmworker Justice (FJ).

Resource Summary: Agricultural work, which requires performing physically demanding work for long hours in hot and sometimes humid weather, places workers at high risk. This guide provides information to clinicians on the prevention and treatment of heat-related illness. Since workers may not be familiar with all of the symptoms of heat stress, it is important that clinicians discuss heat illness symptoms and prevention with agricultural workers and others who are at risk.

Resource Details: Agricultural workers are at significant risk for heat stress. Heat stress results when the body cannot get rid of excess heat and its core temperature rises. Heat stress may lead to more severe heat illness including heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat stroke, and even death if left untreated. Agricultural work, which requires performing physically demanding work for long hours in hot and sometimes humid weather, places workers at high risk. This guide provides information to clinicians on the prevention and treatment of heat-related illness. Since workers may not be familiar with all of the symptoms of heat stress, it is important that clinicians discuss heat illness symptoms and prevention with agricultural workers and others who are at risk.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.