Excessive Heat Warning: video, sound-on-tape available
Banner Health experts provide valuable, life-saving advice about how to deal with heat

Contact: media@bannerhealth.com


PHOENIX (June 11, 2019) – The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning until Thursday as temperatures could get as high as 113 in the metro Phoenix area for the next couple days.

With temperatures that high, children and people with existing health conditions can be at greater risk for medical complications. Also, people who don’t drink enough water are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses such as cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Banner Health experts can offer a wide range of advice on heat-related topics including: dehydration, heat acclimation and keeping kids safe in the heat.

Our sound-on-tape library includes:

  • Getting used to the heat: It takes about two weeks for your body to acclimate to higher temps, according to Carlos Ventura, MD, of Banner Medical Group.
  • Dehydration: Robert Porter, DO, of Banner Ironwood Medical Center, explains the medical complications from not getting enough water.
  • Warm weather tips: As one of the state’s busiest trauma departments, Banner – University Medical Center sees many patients coming in with heat-related illnesses. Moneesh Bhow, MD,
  • provides tips on how to stay out of trouble.
  • Kids and the heat: Your children want to play all day but how can you protect them from the heat? Tracey Fejt, RN, Banner Children’s injury prevention coordinator gives advice.

Banner Health experts are also available for media interviews.

About Banner Health

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.