Article Text

Download PDFPDF
‘Cool runnings’: heat stroke in cool conditions
  1. Brian Robertson1,
  2. Edward Walter2
  1. 1The Event Medicine Company Ltd, Hampshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesia, Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Brian Robertson, Managing Director, The Event Medicine Company Ltd, Unit D Central Estate, Albert Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 1SZ, UK; Brian.Robertson{at}


Heat stroke is rare and usually occurs in warm conditions. It is often fatal. This paper reports six runners from two road-running events who developed heat stroke despite cool conditions and who improved quickly with immediate treatment.

  • Exertional heat stroke
  • pre hospital care
  • resuscitation

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Competing interests BR owns and manages a company which provided medical cover for the two events mentioned, and his company provided the on-site treatment of the casualties.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.