June 23 Clearfield-Jefferson American Red Cross Notes

CLEARFIELD – The 50/50 raffle will be held Wednesday. There are some tickets available at $50 each. This provides a possible win of $5,000.00 if all tickets are sold. Purchase one as an individual, a family or as a group at the office. Call the office or stop in to get yours.

Heat stroke, or sunstroke, occurs when the body is no longer capable of controlling its own temperature. This problem manifests itself in the victim’s inability to sweat, which means that body heat is not released through the normal means of perspiration.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that can permanently damage the internal organs, especially the brain.

Working, playing, or exercising in hot weather without drinking enough fluids is one if the main causes of heat stoke. By not replacing lost fluids over a period of days or weeks, or even within the time frame of a few hours, heat stroke can occur. Without the right amount of fluids, the core body temperature (the temperature of its internal organs) rises rapidly, and the body is unable to perform necessary functions.

Being active outdoors in humid weather increases the chances of heat stroke, as well. In dry weather, sweat evaporates quickly, which cools the body more efficiently than in humid weather. The humidity factor on weather forecasts indicates how one will actually feel outdoors, as opposed to just how hot it is.

People with the following conditions are especially prone to heat stroke; however, heat stroke can affect anyone:
• older age
• obesity
• alcoholism
• chronic illnesses like heart disease
• use of certain medicines such as diuretics and antihistamines
• use of some psychoactive drugs such as alcohol and cocaine

What are the symptoms?
• extremely high temperature
• rapid, strong pulse
• rapid, shallow breathing
• headache, nausea, dizziness
• confusion, strange behavior, may become extremely disoriented
• small pupils
• possible loss of consciousness and convulsions
• red, dry, very hot skin (sweating has ceased
If treating a heat stroke victim, the most important thing to do is call 911. While waiting for help to arrive, here are some tips on what to do:
• Remove victim to cooler location, out of the sun
• Loosen or remove clothing and immerse victim in very cool water if possible
• If immersion isn’t possible, cool victim with water, or wrap in wet sheets and fan for quick evaporation
• Use cold compresses-especially to the head & neck area, also to armpits and groin
• Do NOT give any medication to lower fever–it will not be effective and may cause further harm
• Do NOT use an alcohol rub
• It is not advisable to give the victim anything by mouth (even water) until the condition has been stabilized.

The Red Cross Office will be moving into the new office site next week. We will be open for business on July 2 at 1100 South Second St.

Health & Safety Classes:

Adult CPR – Clearfield –July 11, 2007
Brookville – July 11, 2007
Punxsutawney – July 9, 2007
Infant Child CPR – Clearfield – July 12, 2007
First Aid – Clearfield – July 19, 2007
Brookville – July 12, 2007
Punxsutawney – July 10, 2007

All of the above classes begin at 6 p.m. Call 765-5516 to register in Clearfield or 849-2712 to register in Brookville & Punxsutawney.

Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule

Saturday June 16 Goshen United Methodist Church 9:00-2:00
Thursday, June 21 Penn DOT 9:00-3:00
Wednesday, June 27 St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Frenchville 1:00-7:00
Wednesday, July 4th Clearfield Fixed Site 9-1

Friday July 6 Clearfield Fixed Site 12-6

Saturday July 7 Curwensville Community-Site-TBA 9-3

Monday July 16 Clearfield Comm.-Lawrence Township Fire Hall 12-6
Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.redcrosslife.org sponsor look up code-Swales to schedule your appointment in Honor of Arlene Swales.

Friday July 20 Clearfield Fixed Site 12-6

Jefferson Bloodmobile Schedule

Thursday, June 14 Evangelical United Methodist Church-Brookville Noon -6 PM
Tuesday, June 26 Saints Cosmos & Damian Church-Punxsutawney Noon -6 PM

The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization funded in part by United Way and by your generous donations. We are mandated by the Government to provide certain disaster services, although they provide no funding. Your donation can put your care and concern into action as a general donation, a memorial donation or a donation made in Honor of a person or event. Please support your American Red Cross.

Checks may be sent to Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 309 W. Locust St., Clearfield, Pa 16830, or Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 275 Main St., Brookville, Pa 15825.
VISA and MasterCard are accepted.

Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and an RSVP Station.

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