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Emergency Preparedness for Dialysis Clinics

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Oct 31, 2018 7:30:00 AM

One of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of the United States, Hurricane Katrina caused $75 billion in damage in New Orleans and along the Mississippi coast. Beyond its toll on infrastructure and the lives of the area’s citizens, the hurricane exposed several gaps in emergency preparedness for hemodialysis patients. Many clinics in the area didn’t have sufficient emergency preparedness plans in place; patients didn’t know how to adequately prepare for the storm; and public health officials were unaware of how much of the population was dependent on dialysis.

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Topics: disaster preparedness planning, safety during and after disasters, kidney patients, emergency preparedness, dialysis facilities

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