Troubleshooting in Disaster Zones

Planning, Partnerships, and New Devices to Help Kidney Patients

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The one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the United States and the Caribbean in 2017 was a wake-up call to the nephrology community and first responders. The twin disasters left more than 56,000 dialysis patients in the lurch, and kidney transplant patients in destroyed communities desperately seeking immunosuppressive medications.

To better prepare for future disasters, ASN created the Emergency Partnership Initiative (EPI), which held its first meeting in September 2019. The partnership aims to bring together dialysis and transplant clinicians; patients; federal, state, and local emergency responders; public health leaders; and companies that make up the supply chain