If Someone Collapses While Dancing
If some collapses on the dance floor chances are it is heatstroke. If they feel hot, that is even more evidence.
- Call a medic.
- Get the person to as cool a place as possible. This might mean taking them outside or to some shade.
- Drench them with water (as cold as possible) using any means you can. Increase the cooling down process by fanning them with anything that’s handy. Focus on places where arteries are close to the skin, like the neck, wrists, and groin. You are looking to get the body temperature down to 102F (38.9C). Once the temperature is down to this level the person should be wrapped in a dry blanket or given some dry clothes to wear. The temperature shouldn’t be allowed to fall much below 102F or other serious consequences might develop from too rapid cooling.
- When the medics come tell them what the person has taken (if you know) and that you think it is heat stroke.
- If the person regains consciousness make them drink water with some salt in it. Gatorade or other sports drinks are ideal. At this point the person might start sweating again. This is a good sign.
- The person should be taken to the hospital for observation and proper treatment.
- It may be several weeks or months before the person can dance as much again, and they will need to be extra careful in hot places for a while, too.