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New Year greetings from the ASPR TRACIE team! We hope your year began on a positive note. In the final months of 2017, several areas of the U.S. experienced unprecedented damage from historic wildfires and hurricanes. Many healthcare facilities had to make the very challenging decision to evacuate, including an unprecedented number of dialysis patients. In this issue of The Exchange, authors from the private sector and federal, regional, and local levels share lessons learned from their recent evacuation experiences. The articles in this issue include insights from a broad range of authors:
- Joshua Weil, Mitch Saruwatari, and Skip Skivington (Kaiser Permanente) share their personal and professional experiences evacuating a hospital in the midst of the California wildfires.
- Federal employees Andy Stevermer, Selena Ready, and Victor Harper discuss lessons learned from a federal (dialysis) patient movement perspective after Hurricane Maria.
- ASPR TRACIE interviewed Bill Numbers (Fresenius Medical Care) to discuss lessons learned from their work with the federal government, clinics, and dialysis patients before, during, and after recent disasters.
- Todd Senters (Baptist Beaumont Hospital) shares how staff in his facility worked tirelessly to care for existing patients (and those who were dropped off by helicopter) just prior to having to evacuate due a breach in Beaumonts water pumps.
- ASPR TRACIE interviewed Lori Upton (SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council) to learn about the coalitions role in regional healthcare facility evacuation after Hurricane Harvey.
Access previous issues of The Exchange to learn more about crisis standards of care, cybersecurity, preparing for and responding to no-notice events, disaster behavioral health, and the future of the emergency healthcare field.
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