ACEM urges care as temperatures soar

The peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand has urged the public to take care as temperatures rise across the country.

The mercury is set to soar above 30 degrees across all capital cities. There are predictions the mercury could reach the low to mid-40s in some parts of NSW, Victoria and Queensland today and Thursday.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) President Dr Simon Judkins said: “Let’s make sure we are taking care of each other, especially the vulnerable members of our community – the elderly, the very young, and people with certain conditions (e.g. heart disease, mental illness, obesity).”

Tips to handling the extreme conditions include drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding the sun, and remembering to stay in touch with friends and family.

ACEM’s Policy on Heatwave and Heat Health Resource for Emergency Departments.

Previous warnings about extreme heat