Prevent heat-related risks with Dr Andy Dorais, adventure guru

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As Utah continues to experience record high temperatures, the doctor and well known adventure addict Andy Dorais joins ABC4 to discuss a pressing concern: the heat and the risks that accompany it.

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According to the emergency physician, this historic heat wave has the potential to introduce extreme dangers into our daily routine without us even realizing it.

One risk that Dorais draws attention to is heat stroke. Dorais says the first signs of heat stroke are aligned with heat exhaustion. He says the signs to look for are confusion, weakness and drowsiness.

If a person starts to experience muscle cramps, nausea, or vomiting, Dorais says it’s time to get some hydration into the mix.

“Anything you can do at that point to remove that individual from the hot environment and start cooling their core body temperature is essential,” he advises.

When it comes to preventing this risk, Dorais shares that it is best to stay indoors, preferably in an air-conditioned environment, and for those who do the shopping, it is recommended to complete them before the middle of. the day.

“Approach your day hydrated. Bring water or a drink with you, then maybe wear loose clothing, sunscreen, and wide-brimmed hats as well. Anything we can do to limit our exposure to the sun, ”he adds.

According to the doctor, paying attention to all these little things and using them is what helps prevent a big risk.

A graduate of the University of Utah, Dorais is an emergency physician in Salt Lake City and has practiced for six to ten years. It is affiliated with several area hospitals, including Intermountain Medical Center and Riverton Hospital.

When not working he can be found venturing up high peaks and sliding down icy slopes.

“Andy grew up in Indiana, but now lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two sons. As a child, he was inspired by the mountains and today tries to make up for lost time by skiing as much as possible. He believes in a light and fast approach, mainly because it makes skiing more and therefore more fun as well as spending more time at home with the family ”, describes Sportiva, a manufacturer of outdoor sports equipment, of which Dorias is an active ambassador.

According to the adventure junkie, his proudest achievements are:

1. DC climbing and skiing on Mount Rainier from car to car in 3:57 (old speed record)
2. Ski the “Teton Trifecta” with a night ski descent of Grand Teton
3. Climb Liberty Ridge and car-to-car ski from Emmon in 7:07
4. Ride and ski the Grand Teton car-to-car in 5:17 (current speed record with skis)
5. Raise two amazing boys, Lars and Teague, with his wife, Jessie

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