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Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Hosts Heatstroke Awareness Demonstration


Lakewood, N.J. – Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC) and Safe Kids New Jersey hosted a heatstroke awareness event and demonstration on Monday, June 26 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. This event took place as part of Safe Kids Worldwide’s “Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car” campaign and included a 911 audio recording and parking lot demonstration. With help from the Lakewood Police Department and EMS the demonstration portrayed how quickly the temperature rises inside of a parked car and what to do if you see a child stuck inside.

“Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get,” said Sreedar Raja, MD, Medical Director, MMCSC Emergency Department. “On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute. Even cracking the window doesn’t help. Because of this, heatstroke can happen faster than you think.”

A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, making them more susceptible to heatstroke. When a child’s internal temperature reaches 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down and when the temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child can die. In the past nineteen years at least 712 children across the United States have died from heatstroke when in a vehicle and just this year it has claimed the lives of 12 children.

MMCSC and Safe Kids New Jersey encourage drivers and bystanders to “ACT”, which stands for:

A – Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And, make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

C – Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

T – Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call and they are trained to respond to these situations. Once call could save a life.

About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital located in Lakewood, Ocean County. An RWJBarnabas Health facility, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership has also expanded patients' access to geriatric and pediatric emergency services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus has converted to all private rooms, which makes it the only provider in the region with all private rooms for overnight stays. For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, visit

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