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Hospital Sees Spike In Heat-Related Illnesses

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With the heat index hovering around 100 degrees, emergency room physicians at Summit Medical Center are seeing a spike in people suffering from heat-related illnesses.

Dr. Jeff Greenlee said people who come into the hospital's emergency room have symptoms from mild to severe heat stress.

"We have seen people who may have seizures and coma, down to muscle cramps, to nausea and fatigue. They look like they feel very ill," said Greenlee.

Greenlee told Channel 4 News that people should not ignore the signs of heat stress.

"They include dizziness, headache, feeling weak, fatigue, nausea," said Greenlee.

A big outdoor event this weekend in Nashville is the County Music Association's Music Fest, which draws tens of thousands of tourists. With the head index expected to reach 100 degrees during the event, Vanderbilt Medical Center is staffing a first aid tent.

The ten has a number of cooling fans, and medics are standing by for heat-related problems. They are preparing for the worst.

"If you know of someone who is in heat stress, flag one of our medics. We'll bring them here to the first aid tent with ice and fans. We'll work with them to get their body temperature down," said Jerry Jones of Vanderbilt Medical Center.

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