Heat Illness


This module describes how to recognize and treat health conditions caused by excessive heat and how to help prevent these injuries.

This module describes how to recognize and treat health conditions caused by excessive heat and how to help prevent these injuries.


  • List risk factors for heat-related illness
  • Discuss the body’s four primary mechanisms of heat regulation
  • Discuss the body’s general response to heat stress
  • Describe the etiology and management of patients with heat cramps and heat syncope
  • Know the similarities and differences between heat exhaustion and heat stroke
  • Discuss methods to help prevent heat-related illness
  • Know which methods of cooling are most effective in treating heat-related illness, and when to stop active cooling
  • List evacuation guidelines for victims with heat-related illness

Objectives: After viewing a specific learning module from the AWLS Online Lecture Library, participants in the AdventureMed Online Lecture CME Program should be able to demonstrate an increase in, or affirmation of, their knowledge of wilderness medicine. Participants should be able to evaluate the appropriateness of the information as it applies to the provision of patient care or counseling.

Participants: This program is designed for physicians caring for individuals with wilderness medical problems or counseling patients about avoiding wilderness-related health problems who wish to advance their knowledge of wilderness medicine.

Credits: The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and AdventureMed. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Association of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME. All other medical professionals check with your governing entity to determine usefulness of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Disclaimer: The faculty and AdventureMed staff involved with this educational activity have signed disclosure statements indicating they have no conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest with respect to this course content.

Privacy and Confidentiality: The WMS does not disclose any information related to CME credit activity except directly to you and in aggregate form to the accrediting entity.

Media and Method: The media used to deliver this educational product is question and case based learning delivered online. To complete this activity, learners must have an internet-ready computer. While viewing the presentation, the learner provides reflection and evaluation.

Principal faculty: David Della-Giustina, MD, FACEP, FAWM

Time to complete educational activity: 1.00 hour.

Date of original release: 7/1/2020. Module expires 7-1-2023.

Would you like to receive FAWM (Fellows of Academy of Wilderness Medicine) credit for this course?

Send a copy of your completion certificate to FAWM. Be sure to provide your mailing address and email address.

Email: teri@wms.org
Fax: 801-990-4601
By Mail:
2150 S 1300 E, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106

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