Checking for any dangers first. Approach the jogger and ask if she is ok and does she need any help?
She says she had been running for about an hour and suddenly felt dizzy, has a slight headache and is really thirsty.
If there is no shade where she is sitting, encourage her to move into the shade. In this case she is being shaded by a large tree. She has a exercise towel around her neck so you take it and pour water from your water bottle over it to soak it. Placing this around her neck and get her to wipe down her face and arms to cool herself down. If you have something handy that you can fan her down with will also help.
If her condition worsens, Call 111. Stay with her and reassure her whilst monitoring her condition.
Some important information:
Heat exhaustion is caused by a loss of salt and water, usually by excessive sweating. Heatstroke is due to the brain’s ‘thermostat’ failing to regulate a person’s body temperature.
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