The Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Events Collaborative (WHEC) is a tri-service, multidisciplinary advisory group of DoD leaders, researchers, and clinicians dedicated to collaboratively advancing the science for preventing, mitigating, risk stratifying, and improving the management of exertional heat illness (EHI) and related disorders in Warfighters. The Collaborative’s mission is to assist in the coordination and synchronization of policies and procedures among the Services and installations that impact the prevention and management of heat illness and related disorders. WHEC also provides guidance and leadership, assists in coordinating and facilitating research, and collaborates with Service-specific research centers, including the Ft. Benning Heat Center in Georgia.
The Collaborative’s focus is on educational, clinical, and research efforts pertaining to:
- Exertional heat illness
- Exertional rhabdomyolysis
- Exercise-associated hyponatremia
- Exercise collapse associated with sickle cell trait
- Exertional sudden cardiac arrest
The resources in this section are gathered to help inform users—especially healthcare and emergency personnel—about the methods available to prevent, manage, and treat heat illness and related conditions among Military Service Members.