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Electric fans for reducing adverse health impacts in heatwaves

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Electric fans for reducing adverse health impacts in heatwaves
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John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, July 2012
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd009888.pub2
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Gupta, Saurabh, Carmichael, Catriona, Simpson, Christina, Clarke, Mike J, Allen, Claire, Gao, Yang, Chan, Emily Y Y, Murray, Virginia


Heatwaves are hot weather events, which breach regional or national thresholds, that last for several days. They are likely to occur with increasing frequency in some parts of the world. The potential consequences were illustrated in Europe in August 2003 when there were an estimated 30,000 excess deaths due to a heatwave. Electric fans might be used with the intention of reducing the adverse health effects of a heatwave. Fans do not cool the ambient air but can be used to draw in cooler air from outside when placed at an open window. The aim of the fans would be to increase heat loss by increasing the efficiency of all normal methods of heat loss, but particularly by evaporation and convection methods. However, it should be noted that increased sweating can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances if these fluids and electrolytes are not replaced quickly enough. Research has also identified important gaps in knowledge about the use of fans, which might lead to their inappropriate use.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 1%
Unknown 224 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 40 18%
Student > Master 39 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 15%
Student > Bachelor 22 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 6%
Other 30 13%
Unknown 48 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 58 26%
Nursing and Health Professions 29 13%
Social Sciences 17 7%
Psychology 13 6%
Environmental Science 11 5%
Other 42 19%
Unknown 57 25%