Bathing and Indoor thermal environment: Modeling body temperature and preventing heat stroke

Naoto Takayama, Toshiharu Ikaga, Shingo Hori, Masaru Suzuki, Wataru Umishio

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Abstract

In Japan, the number of deaths from bathing-related heat stroke has increased rapidly over the last few years. Bathwater temperature and bathing duration have a major impact on body temperature, and extreme changes in body temperature can result in death. However, safe bathing habits have not been fully studied. Therefore, an existing human physiological model was extended to accurately predict body temperature during bathing. Furthermore, data from a field survey conducted in the 2012-2013 winter were analyzed and bathing habits were found to be affected by room temperature. The results of this study will be useful for promoting safe bathing habits that accommodate individual differences and show that heating of bathing-related rooms is recommended for preventing heat stroke due to bathing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages790-794
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 2014 Jul 72014 Jul 12

Other

Other13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period14/7/714/7/12

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Keywords

  • Bathing habits
  • Elevation of body temperature
  • Thermal environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Computer Science Applications

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Takayama, N., Ikaga, T., Hori, S., Suzuki, M., & Umishio, W. (2014). Bathing and Indoor thermal environment: Modeling body temperature and preventing heat stroke. 790-794. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.