Defective ICE air conditioning: what travelers can do

Defective ICE air conditioning: what travelers can do

What can travelers do if the air conditioning on the ICE train fails.

(07/12/2010) There were dramatic scenes that must have taken place on Saturday and Sunday in the ICE trains. Sufferers report dehydration, circulatory problems and scorching heat. In trains, temperatures in individual wagons exceeded 50 degrees. Many travelers complained of difficulty breathing and suffocating acute fears. Numerous passengers, including school class students, collapsed. One affected person told Heilpraxisnet, "In the meantime, I had the feeling that I could not breathe", this is probably how most travelers felt.

Especially in view of the current occurrences in the ICE Series 2 due to defective air conditioning systems, it is appropriate to be informed about the consequences of too much heat on the human organism. Thorsten Fischer, alternative practitioner from Hanover explains, among other things, what affected people can do to prevent damage to health in acute situations.

A constantly increasing ambient temperature can have consequences for the human organism if the large cooling system, sweating, reaches its limits. Heat exhaustion usually occurs as a result of profuse sweating. In addition to the severe loss of fluid, electrolytes are also flushed out, which the organism may lack. This can lead to nausea and vomiting, headaches, flickering in front of our eyes and dizziness, to consciousness disorders and loss of consciousness.

If there is a long life without countermeasures, there can be a heat collapse, in which the cycle of those affected collapses. There is usually a drop in blood pressure (hypovolemic shock) with loss of consciousness.
The heat stroke is better known. This is an overheating of the organism with cramps, impaired consciousness, massive fever, no sweating and a so-called brain edema. In the event of a heat collapse, there is a brief loss of consciousness because the heat in the surrounding area causes the blood vessels to expand rapidly and, as it were, the blood in the brain is missing.

Measures in the event of acute overheating in ICE trains due to failure of the air conditioning system. Especially in overheating rooms with many people, as is now happening in the Series 2 ICE, where temperatures should also have reached around 40 degrees, the complaints described above can occur.
It is important to cool those affected (bring them to a cool, shady place without many other people putting wet, wet and cold rags on their heads) and give them plenty to drink (water). Avoid alcohol! In the event of loss of consciousness, those affected should be moved to a stable side position, and immediate emergency medical attention is advised.

Can travelers sue for damages?
Roman Becker, a lawyer specializing in traffic law, told Focus Online that affected travelers should submit their claims for damages promptly and in writing. The cover letter should be sent to Deutsche Bahn AG by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt. A copy of the medical certificate and a copy of the ticket should be included in the cover letter. The medical certificate is particularly important because, as the specialist attorney told "Focus", "Anyone who demands compensation or compensation for pain and suffering must prove what damage he has suffered". (sb, tf)

Dehydration in the ICE: One affected person reports
Excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis
Signs of internal dehydration

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