Evacuating, Treating, and Tracking People on Dialysis: Lessons Learned from the 2017 Hurricane Season   [open pdf - 975KB]

From the Document: "The 2017 hurricane season devastated many areas of the nation, several repeatedly. After Hurricane Irma struck the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), many patients were evacuated to Puerto Rico (PR) to ensure continuity of care. Once Hurricane Maria ravaged PR, however, many USVI residents were evacuated a second time, including renal dialysis patients. ASPR [Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response] TRACIE's [Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange] Senior Editor John Hick (MD) interviewed Andy Stevermer, Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT) Program Manager for ASPR's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Division of Operations (who served as the Operations Section Chief during the response), Commander Selena Ready, a Risk Management Analyst at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) (who served as the IRCT Patient Movement Operations Branch Chief during the response), and Victor Harper (MS, Director of Logistics, ASPR OEM) to learn about this evacuation from a federal patient movement perspective."

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