Hot Weather Health

The Oregon Health Authority has announced a #SummerBummer collection of strategies for Preventing and Responding to common hot-weather risks, including drowning, poor air quality, mosquito-borne and tick-borne illnesses, algal blooms, fecal beach bacteria, food poisoning, and extreme heat.  Find their recommendations at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/StaySafeHealthyWithSafetyTipsFromOHAAsSummerKicksOffJune21.aspx.

CDC has a comparable program that sends out a weekly email on Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip, which also covers skin cancer, hydration, and communicable diseases.  Review their Tips or sign up at https://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/tips/summersavvy/index.htm.

Homeland Security’s “Ready.gov” website has a thorough discussion of how to stay cool and safe in extreme heat, at https://www.ready.gov/heat, and one to help you Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season at https://www.ready.gov/wildfires.

And of course people with ESRD have special issues with food and water in the summer:

Notify Network of Emergencies

Wildfire season is here, and CMS requires all ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations, and patient access to treatment, during emergency events at all facilities.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

You are reminded never to put PHI or PII in an email or online form.  Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.

Required Emergency Notifications

Unusual snow and cold are afflicting most of western Washington and Oregon, and are forecast to continue for at least a week.  (In the rest of Network 16 it’s not unusual.)  CMS requires Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events at all facilities.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

Disaster Notifications

CMS requires Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events like the recent major earthquake in Alaska.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

Find requirements and recommendations on earthquake preparedness for patients and providers at:

NW18 Fire Danger Ventura-LA-Riverside-SB-SD Counties

Major evacuations are still in effect in western Los Angeles and eastern Ventura Counties, as the fires there remain active.  Wind Advisories and Red Flag Fire Warnings are in effect for Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.  Very low humidity and dangerous Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 70mph are expected through at least November 14, 2018.  Any open flame can be blocks away before it blows out, so use extreme caution and call 911 if you encounter fire or downed power lines.  Stay in touch with local radio and television coverage, and be alert for bulletins from your local Emergency Response agencies, Fire, and Police Departments.

CMS requires Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

To reduce future fire danger in your area, see: