WACO, Texas (KWTX) In spite of daily thermometer readings in the 100s for five straight days, local first responders and emergency room workers report few injuries related to heat.
“We only had two heat related calls last week and only transported one patient,” James Stefka, director at East Texas Medical Center EMS said.
“You’d think we’d had more, but sometimes people listen,” Stefka said.
“I only remember two calls,” Assistant Waco fire Chief D.C. Yeager said.
“It was unusual.”
Alan Luker, spokesman at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, echoed the same comment: “Our emergency room people said they expected to see more incidents of heat issues but we saw only a very few.
“We saw about five (heat-related cases) in seven days out of more than 1,400 visits to our emergency room,” Luker said.
Luker said he’d spoken with Deke Jones, media spokesman for Scott and White Hospital, Temple, and he also said that emergency room was not unusually busy during the heat event.
At Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, the emergency department reported no spike in heat-related injuries for the period.
KWTX requested similar information from Seaton Hospital in Harker Heights and from Darnall Army Community Hospital at Fort Hood but the data were not provided.
“Heat is an issue that can sneak up on a person and usually by the time the victim realizes there’s trouble, it’s already too late and without help, that person can die,” Stefka said.