Impact of a Hurricane on Dialysis Patients: A Case Study

  • 1 A. Oussama Rifai has been a practicing nephrologist for more than 20 years in the Panama City, Florida, area, and is affiliated with Hypertension Kidney & Dialysis Specialists. Harini Bejjanki MD, FACP, is an onconephrology fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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Harini Bejjanki

A. Oussama Rifai

Hurricane Michael made landfall as an unprecedented category 5 hurricane in the Florida panhandle, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 155 mph at 1 p.m. on October 10, 2018. Along the Florida panhandle, the cities of Mexico Beach and Panama City suffered the worst of Michael, with catastrophic damage reported (1).

According to US Renal Data System 2015 data, a total of 468,000 patients were receiving dialysis in the United States (2). Of those patients, 26,382 were in Florida, and about 350 patients were in Bay County. Dialysis patients are a