Lifestyle » Vol. 17

New Body Temperature Alert Patch Helps “Beat the Heat”

By Mike Newford

fitness-lead-body-temperature-2After being stuck in gyms and indoor workout facilities ~ or even after taking a break from exercising completely ~ during the frigid winter months, cyclists and runners are filling parks and roadways, relishing the warmer weather. Golf courses are teeming with players, and coaches are back full swing with spring training on high school and college athletic fields across the country. And while the shift to the outdoors is always welcome after a long winter, the sun can quickly warm to the point of danger for those who play ~ and work ~ in the heat of day.  Even avid gardeners are at risk of overheating.

To serve as a first line of defense against overheating and possible hyperthermia, ionX International has recently launched its Body Temperature Alert Patch, an early warning device designed to help prevent heat stroke and potentially save lives. The patented nano-polymer technology of the Alert Patch responds to core body temperature changes, allowing it to indicate rise and fall of temperature. It is not effected by outside influences like humidity or air temperature. As the wearer’s core body temperature increases, the disposable, single-use ionX Alert Patch changes from black to bright yellow (easily visible even from a distance as far away as the sidelines), warning the wearer if and when there is a danger of overheating. Once the individual has taken measures to cool to a non-risk temperature, the patch will return to the original color. (The patch will change color again when the body temperature increases to an elevated level.)

With the same characteristics and application of a bandage, the Alert Patch is round, elastic and waterproof, staying securely in place during physical activity. Due to the nature of the adhesive, the patch is designed for a single use. To accurately measure core temperature, the Alert Patch is placed on an area with blood vessels or capillaries close to the surface of the skin on the neck artery, the bicep just before the inner elbow, the inner forearm just before inner elbow, or the wrist just before the hand.

Dog days of summer can have tragic consequences

Summer can bring heat waves with unusually high temperatures that last for days or even weeks. Nearly 700 people in the U.S. die each year from exposure to heat (with thousands more treated in emergency situations), and heat stroke is the third-leading cause of death for high school athletes. Naturally, hotter weather can be even more devastating: The United States experienced an intense heat wave in the summer of 1980, resulting in nearly 1,700 deaths from heat-related illness. And in the summer of 2003, tens of thousands of Europeans died during a similar heat wave. But heat-related illnesses and fatalities are completely preventable if a person knows he or she is close to overheating and takes steps to reduce their heat exposure.

Human beings suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body’s natural defenses against heat ~ such as sweating ~ can no longer maintain normal core temperature and internal organs begin to fail. Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, is caused when body temperature reaches dangerously high levels. If left untreated or treated improperly, the condition can be fatal.

Keep in mind that many factors that can limit the body’s ability to regulate temperature: old age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug or alcohol use.  While the Alert Patch is ideal for competitive athletes, this product can be used by anyone who works or plays in extreme heat environments, including agricultural workers, hikers and joggers, construction workers, recreational athletes, and landscapers and roofers.

The ionX Alert Patch is sold in packages of 10, 30, 100 and 500 through a network of more than 550 preferred retails outlets including The Sports Authority and select Hibbett Sports.

Check out www.ionxalert.com for more information and to order.

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