Are Recommended Heat Stroke Treatments Adequate for Australian Workers?Ann Work Expo Health. 2019 03 29; 63(3):263-266.AW
Workers that combine physical exertion with exposure to hot conditions are susceptible to heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke. Despite recognition of cold water immersion as the heat stroke treatment of choice in the peer-reviewed literature, it was not included within recommended treatments of leading Australian healthcare training organizations and was omitted from Safe Work Australia's recently updated 'Managing the risks of working in heat' guidance material. On this basis, the guidance material appears an opportunity lost to assist Australian industry transition their heat stroke management to reflect the evidence. It is recommended that Australian providers of healthcare training, and those reliant on such information, review the efficacy of their heat stroke treatments.