Hurricane Aftermath Deadly for Dialysis Patients

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ngd- This was a significant problem after the huge ice storm around here in 2013…

Emergency planning mitigates risk from storm-related service disruptions.

Patients requiring dialysis were more likely to die in the month following a hurricane, likely because of storm-related disruptions to dialysis services, researchers said.

In an analysis that combined storm-tracking data with information from the U.S. Renal Data System, all-cause mortality among dialysis patients in hurricane-affected areas was increased 13% in the 30 days following storms, relative to periods when there were no hurricanes (95% CI 5%-22%, P<0.001), Matthew Blum, MD, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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