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Plan care for dialysis and other vulnerable patients stranded in a disaster

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April 8, 2021
 

Work with your regional healthcare coalition and Health and Human Services (HHS) to identify the number of dialysis and other vulnerable patients who might show up needing critical services if water and power become scarce during a disaster.

Be prepared to coordinate with other hospitals and dialysis centers to take those patients and work with regional officials to determine when water, oxygen, and backup power resources should be pre-positioned or diverted to appropriate locations.

Also consider having vendors pre-position construction supplies or repair personnel to help keep facilities up and running.

These are some of the lessons learned by hospital and regional healthcare organizations who found themselves battling several disasters at once when Winter Storm Uri brought subfreezing temperatures and near-zero windchills to much of Texas in February.



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