America Ambulance Services Inc.
America Ambulance Services, Inc.
America Ambulance Services, Inc. is located in the Land of Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. A locally owned and operated company, since 1967. Our professional staff of paramedics and emergency medical technicians will ensure that you receive only the very best care for any medical emergency you may have.
America cares about you! From the most severe trauma incident to personal non-emergency medical transport, America's professional staff will watch over you safety and well being. We will be at your side within a heartbeat, bringing you the finest care possible.
When it comes to medical care for you and your loved ones, trust in America. The technology and the professionalism will show....
America cares about YOU!
America Ambulance Services, Inc.
Phone number: 217-523-3636
West Washington Street Location
2711 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62702
South 5th Street Location
1501 S. 5th St.
Springfield, IL 62703
North Main Street Location
948 N. Main St.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
June - Summer Heat
HEAT WAVE SAFETY TIPS –
SLOW DOWN – Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.
DRESS FOR SUMMER – Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain normal temperatures. Wear a wide rimmed hat to protect your face and head.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER OR OTHER NON-ALCOHOLIC FLUIDS – Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine because they increase water loss through urination. Alcohol drinks dehydrate.
SPEND MORE TIME IN AIR CONDITIONED PLACES – Spend some time each day in an air-conditioned home or building.
DON’T GET TOO MUCH SUN – Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult
CHECK ON THE ELDERLY, INFANTS, YOUNG CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OR DISABILITIES – They are more vulnerable to the effects of the heat
KEEP PETS IN DOORS – If not able to keep pets indoors, provide them with shade and plenty of cool water. Refill their water bowls frequently. DO NOT leave pets, or anyone else, in a closed, parked vehicle.
HEAT DISORDERS -
SUNBURN – The symptoms of sunburn include redness to the skin and pain.
HEAT CRAMPS – Muscular pain and spasms due to heavy exertion.
HEAT EXHAUSTION – Sweat does not evaporate, due to high humidity or layers of clothing, so the body is not cooled properly.
HEAT STROKE – The victims temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working.
May: Stroke Awareness
Many factors increase the risk for stroke. Some factors can be controlled, others cannot.
Here are some risks:
Family History – Those who have a family history of strokes or a prior stroke are at higher risk for having a stroke
High Blood Pressure – Strokes are four to six times more likely to occur in people with high blood pressure
High Cholesterol – People with high cholesterol are at double the risk of having a stroke
Heart Disease – Strokes are six times more likely to occur in people with heart disease.
Excessive weight – Being overweight can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, which, in turn, increases chances of having a stroke
Alcohol Use – Heavy drinking increases the risk for stroke
Tobacco Use – Smokers have double the risk for stroke as non-smokers
Gender – Men are more likely to have strokes than women
Race – African-Americans have a higher rate of stroke than other races
Age – After age 55, there is an increased likelihood of stroke
Chronic Disease – Diabetics are at a higher risk for strokes
HOW CAN I REDUCE MY RISKS?
• Control your blood pressure
• Find out if you have heart disease, especially an irregular heartbeat know as atrial fibrillation
• Don’t smoke
• Find out if you have a diseased carotid artery (arteries that provide blood flow to the head)
• Lower your cholesterol
• Limit your alcohol intake
• Control your weight
• If you have diabetes, manage the disease
WARNING SIGNS -
Depending on the function of the part of the brain affected, the person suffering a stroke suddenly may become paralyzed, blind or unable to speak.
It is critical to get to a hospital immediately. If you experience any of these major stroke warning signs – CALL 9-1-1!!
• Sudden loss of speech
• Slurred speech
• Sudden loss of vision
• Blurry or double vision
• Sudden paralysis
• Sudden weakness
• Sudden dizziness
• Sudden, severe headache, often accompanied by neck stiffness and vomiting.