Updated 07/02/2012 05:41 PM
EMS, doctors many followed warning and avoided heat-related illnesses
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WAKE COUNTY—While record-breaking heat caused some heat related illnesses, experts said many took precautions and prevented themselves from getting sick.
The Department of Health and Human Services reports triple digit temperatures over the weekend sent more than 150 people in North Carolina to emergency departments.
"The sun is okay, but the humid, it makes it kind of hard to breathe out here. It's ridiculous," said downtown Raleigh hot dog vendor Israel Martinez.
Raleigh-Wake County Emergency Communications Center received more than six times as many heat-related calls over the weekend compared to the weekend before.
To keep everyone well-hydrated in the extreme temperatures, Wake County EMS is handing out Gatorade and other items those who are thirsty, weak and tired from the sun.
"Here's the water that we use and this is full of ice and also water just so I can give out to folks that that need it on the streets. We were expecting higher but hopefully people took those preventions to heart and listened and that's why the calls weren't as many," said EMS paramedic Greg Guillaume.
Hospitals in the region also experienced more heat-related visits than usual. Both Cape Fear Valley Hospital EMS in Fayetteville and WakeMed in Raleigh reported treating 16 patients. Rex Healthcare in Raleigh reported treating between five and 10 patients.
Dr. Terence Fleming, Rex Healthcare's emergency medicine doctor, said the hospital received less action than some anticipated in the heat.
"I have actually been surprised the past few days its been extremely hot outside and I'm surprised we haven't seen worst outcomes then we have," said Fleming.
The DHHS said the majority of illness occurred in adults between 25-years-old and 64-years-old between Friday to Sunday in hospitals across the state.