Natural disasters and dialysis care in the Asia-Pacific

Gray, Nicholas A., Wolley, Martin, Liew, Adrian and Nakayama, Masaaki (2015) Natural disasters and dialysis care in the Asia-Pacific. Nephrology, 20 12: 873-880. doi:10.1111/nep.12522

Author Gray, Nicholas A.
Wolley, Martin
Liew, Adrian
Nakayama, Masaaki
Title Natural disasters and dialysis care in the Asia-Pacific
Journal name Nephrology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1797
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/nep.12522
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 12
Start page 873
End page 880
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The impact of natural disasters on the provision of dialysis services has received increased attention in the last decade following Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans in 2005. The Asia-Pacific is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons (also known as cyclones and hurricanes) or storms and flooding. These events can seriously interrupt provision of haemodialysis with adverse effects for patients including missed dialysis, increased hospitalization and post-traumatic stress disorder. Furthermore, haemodialysis patients may need to relocate and experience prolonged periods of displacement from family and social supports. In contrast to haemodialysis, most literature suggests peritoneal dialysis in a disaster situation is more easily managed and supported. It has become apparent that dialysis units and patients should be prepared for a disaster event and that appropriate planning will result in reduced confusion and adverse outcomes should a disaster occur. Numerous resources are now available to guide dialysis units, patients and staff in preparation for a possible disaster. This article will examine the disaster experiences of dialysis units in the Asia-Pacific, the impact on patients and staff, methods employed to manage during the disaster and suggested plans for reducing the impact of future disasters.
Keyword Asia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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