Emergency Departments Bustling With Heat-Related Illnesses As Temperatures Climb

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some local emergency departments are bustling with cases of dehydration and respiratory problems — consequences of the heat.

“In the winter, it’s flu, and in the summer, it’s injuries and heat-related things,” says St. Clair Hospital emergency medicine physician Dr. Jason Biggs. “This week, we’ve seen an increase over the past several days. People especially going outside doing landscaping, exercising, that tends to lead to problems. And that’s who we end up seeing in the emergency department.”
St. Clair’s Chair of Emergency Medicine, Jason Biggs, M.D., discusses how to protect yourself