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Do Alternative Cooling Methods Have Effective Cooling Rates for Hyperthermia Compared With Previously Established CWI Cooling Rates?

Kailin C. Parker, Rachel R. Shelton, and Rebecca M. Lopez

reviews have compared the cooling rates of various modalities in the past. 3 – 6 More recently, however, alternative cooling techniques have been tested due to some settings not having access to a whirlpool or cold tub available for CWI. The tarp-assisted cooling with oscillation (TACO) method, 7 , 8

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Preventing Death from Exertional Heat Stroke—The Long Road from Evidence to Policy

Douglas J. Casa, Yuri Hosokawa, Luke N. Belval, William M. Adams, and Rebecca L. Stearns

Exertional heat stroke (EHS) is among the leading causes of sudden death during sport and physical activity. However, previous research has shown that EHS is 100% survivable when rapidly recognized and appropriate treatment is provided. Establishing policies to address issues related to the prevention and treatment of EHS, including heat acclimatization, environment-based activity modification, body temperature assessment using rectal thermometry, and immediate, onsite treatment using cold-water immersion attenuates the risk of EHS mortality and morbidity. This article provides an overview of the current evidence regarding EHS prevention and management. The transfer of scientific knowledge to clinical practice has shown great success for saving EHS patients. Further efforts are needed to implement evidence-based policies to not only mitigate EHS fatality but also to reduce the overall incidence of EHS.