Author's reply to letters on death in heat waves

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7430.50-a (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:50
  1. William R Keatinge, professor emeritus (w.r.keatinge@qmul.ac.uk)
  1. Medical Sciences Building, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London E1 2AD

    EDITOR—Although air movement alone will not always prevent heat stroke in air close to body temperature if the air is saturated1 or if sweating is impaired—for example, by drugs with anticholinergic actions2—air movement is an essential component in preventing heat stroke. Recent advice specifically related to heat stress in Britain over the next decade included not only a fan but moistening of clothing, open windows, light clothing, and avoidance of physical exertion.3

    Moistening …

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