Continuing Professional Development: Thermoregulation and heat illness

OverviewThis Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Module will first outline the scientific principles behind heat transfer, before moving on to discuss the body's physiological response to changes in temperature. Finally, we will discuss the pathophysiology and treatment of heat illness before concluding with a series of multiple choice questions.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you will be able to:• Describe mechanisms of heat transfer, and utilise this knowledge when devising treatment plans for patients exposed to extremes of temperature.• Understand the importance of physiological mechanisms employed by the body in order to maintain constant internal temperatures, both at rest and when exercising.• Describe the range of conditions within the umbrella term ‘heat illness;’ their aetiology and groups most at risk, the potential progression of the illness, and common treatment strategies.

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