With the summer months approaching, it is important to recognize the warning signs of heat-related illness and learn how to prevent it. Although anyone can be affected by heat-related issues, the elderly, the very young and individuals with medical problems including those with psychiatric disorders and addictions are especially susceptible. With appropriate preventive actions, heat-related illness and deaths can be avoided.
Our brochure titled "Heat-related illness in individuals using psychiatric medication" provides information for providers, caregivers and consumers about how to identify, avoid and respond to heat-related illness. If you have not already done so, please consider developing a heat emergency preparedness plan to help keep your patients and staff safe this summer.
Heat-related illness memo from OhioMHAS Medical Director Dr. Mark Hurst
Brochure: Heat related-illness in individuals using psychiatric medication