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Heat Related Illness

WARNING

POTENTIAL FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESS

TO PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION USER

Individuals with behavioral health conditions taking psychotropic medications are at an increased risk for heatstroke and other heat related illnesses.
Children and older adults are more affected by elevated temperatures.

Be on the alert  – for yourself, friends, neighbors and others – to:

  • changes in level of consciousness
  • red, hot skin that can be either dry or moist
  • cool, moist, pale, flushed or ashen/gray skin
  • headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion
  • rapid or shallow breathing
  • weakness, exhaustion
  • high body temperature above 102 degrees

Methods to prevent heat related illnesses include:

  • drinking plenty of fluids
  • wearing sunscreen
  • staying indoors in air conditioning when possible
  • wearing loose, light colored clothing when outside

Northeastern Center’s medical staff can provide additional information and education.  Please speak to one of our nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners or medical assistants if you have any questions.  If you or a loved one appears to be suffering from a heat related illness, such as heatstroke, go to your closest emergency room as soon as possible.