About WHEC

Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Events Collaborative

The Warfighter Heat- and Exertion-Related Events Collaborative (WHEC) is a tri-service advisory group that includes the Multidisciplinary Clinical Review Committee, which is made up of DoD leaders, researchers, and clinicians. WHEC is dedicated to collaboratively advancing the science and the DHA Clinical Practice Guidelines for preventing, mitigating, risk stratifying, improving the management of exertional injuries, heat illness and stroke and related disorders such as exertional rhabdomyolysis, exertional injuries and serious heat events in Warfighters. WHEC’s mission is to assist in the coordination and synchronization of policies and procedures among the branches and installations that impact the prevention and management of exertional heat illness injuries, stroke, and related disorders. WHEC also provides guidance and leadership, assists in coordinating and facilitating research, and collaborates with Service-specific research centers across the United States, including the U.S. Army Heat Center located at Fort Benning, Georgia.

WHEC’s focus is on educational, clinical, and research efforts to prevent and reduce the repeat of:

  • Exertional heat illness (EHI)
  • Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER)
  • Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH)
  • Exercise collapse associated with sickle cell trait (ECAST)
  • Exertional sudden cardiac arrest (ESCA)

WHEC also focuses on improving stratification algorithms and scoring systems for return-to-duty decisions and readiness.

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.


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