There are plenty of ways to tell whether a nursing facility is in danger.
But you’re not likely to know exactly where you are in the nursing home until it’s too late, says a new study from the University of Oxford.
It’s called the “heat index” because of the fact that a heat wave can quickly raise the temperature in a nursing area, says lead researcher Prof Simon Tarrant.
The heat index measures the number of degrees Celsius (or degrees Fahrenheit) a hot surface can raise above room temperature.
In the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers looked at nursing homes across England that were located in high-risk areas in the Midlands.
They were looking at the heat index for each nursing home’s location in relation to a heat index in the region of 4.2C (5.3F) and a heat threshold of 6C (9F).
The authors found that, overall, the nursing homes with the highest heat index were located more than 3.7km away from the hot areas, while the nursing facilities with the lowest were only about 2km away.
“The nursing home was in danger from the outside in when the heat was at its highest,” Dr Tarrancy told BBC News.
How to recognise the signs of heat in a home: It is important to recognise that the heat indices are relative, Dr Tareq said.
“If a nursing care home has a high heat index, they are probably in danger of heat stress.
However, if the nursing care homes in high risk areas are not at their highest heat thresholds, the risk of heat injury will be lower.”
In fact, in the study the heat indexes of the nursing and home health workers were similar, meaning there was no difference between the two groups.
Dr Tarranty said the findings were “interesting” because they showed that a nursing staff member in a high risk area could have a lower heat index than their colleagues in the other areas.
He said it also suggested that if a patient is in a hospital nursing home or home, they should not assume that they are at risk of overheating.
When you are at your lowest heat threshold, you’re at your highest risk of injury, he said.
“If you are outside of the home, you should always check with your nurse, but don’t assume you are safe.
If you’re outside of a nursing hospital, you may have to stay at home longer to cool off.
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For example, there is a higher risk of infection in nursing homes where there is an elevated temperature,” Dr Muthuram said.
So, it is important you check your nursing facility’s heat index regularly, to make sure they are not experiencing heat stress, he added.”
This can include temperature monitoring and a hot pad, or even an air-conditioning unit.
“Dr Mutharam said it was important to consider whether the nursing facility was in a good condition to care for the patient, as well as any heat-related stressors.
What to do if you suspect you are near to a nursing or home health facility: If a nurse has an elevated heat index and a patient has overheated, they may be able to tell you, he says.
This could be helpful to get you into the facility as soon as possible.
If a patient in your care is at their lowest heat index you may want to see the nurses temperature and humidity monitors.
These should be on the same floor as your nursing staff and can be checked at the same time.
Check with your doctor if the nurse is at a lower or higher heat index or if there are any signs of infection.
If you suspect a patient could have overheated and are concerned for their health, call 111.