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Update: Hurricane Harvey

Online news reports about the devastation and aftermath in Houston and other affected communities in southeast Texas.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Austin medical centers treating evacuated patients
My Statesman, August 31, 2017

“The Austin medical community has been opening its doors to Hurricane Harvey evacuees from around South and Southeast Texas all week.”

Telehealth Firms Waive Fees During Harvey Emergency
Medscape, August 31, 2017

“Several telehealth companies are offering free virtual care services via phone or video to people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. The free services from American Well, Doctor on Demand, HealthTap, MDLive, and Teladoc started early this week and will continue through into mid-September. A Teladoc news release did not put an end date on the provision of free virtual visits.”

The Long-Term Health Consequences of Hurricane Harvey
New York Times, August 31

“Long after the floodwaters recede, and even during cleanup and rebuilding, the people who lived through Hurricane Harvey will face another form of recovery — from the storm’s blows to physical and mental health.

The short-term health effects of floods capture our attention. Harvey has already caused dozens of deaths, and in 2005 Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people.”

Hurricane Harvey: Health care industry takes action to help
Benefits Pro, August 31, 2017

“Health insurers are responding to members impacted by Hurricane Harvey with solutions to expedite access to care and prescriptions, as well as donations to help rescue and recovery efforts.”

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Doctor braves Harvey flooding in canoe to perform teen’s surgery
CNN, August 30, 2017

“Despite the fact that his own home was flooding because of Hurricane Harvey, a Houston area doctor was so determined to perform emergency surgery on a 16-year-old boy that he used whatever means necessary to reach the hospital -- even if that meant using a canoe and walking through waist-high floodwater.”

Out-of-state doctors can temporarily work in Texas without state license to help with Harvey efforts
Dallas News, August 30, 2017

“Texas has temporarily suspended barriers that prevent out-of-state health care providers from working with disaster response teams to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey.” 

Harvey aftermath: More chemical fires possible as city loses clean water
CNN, August 31, 2017

“A spate of unexpected disasters are gripping Texas cities nearly a week after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast.”

How to find critical medical care if you’re a hurricane survivor
PBS NewsHour, August 30, 2017

“Chronic illness persists during a natural disaster, and health care systems around Houston and across Texas are working to connect cancer and dialysis patients with needed treatment following Hurricane Harvey.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Why Mobile Medical Care is Critical
Forbes, August 30, 2017

“…delivering medical care to individuals in compromised living quarters--whether in a flooded home or in a shelter--provides unique challenges to first responders, as well as doctors and nurses who serve on the front lines.”

Health Issues Stack Up in Houston As Harvey Evacuees Seek Shelter
NPR, August 29, 2017

“Now that people are showing up in shelters, efforts are turning to helping people with both health issues arising from the flood — including respiratory and gastrointestinal problems — and with getting care for preexisting conditions, some of which can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.”

How Houston hospitals prepared for Hurricane Harvey
PBS, August 29, 2017

“Some of the most critical pieces of any city’s infrastructure are its hospitals. In a major flood event like Harvey, they are also among the most vulnerable.”

Hurricane Harvey: How to help victims of the Texas storm
Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2017

“As Hurricane Harvey brings massive floods and destructive winds to Texas, victims are in need of relief and aid. Here are the organizations that are helping.”

Storm Harvey could financially hurt already strained Houston hospitals
Reuters, August 29, 2017

“The storm has forced hospitals to cancel surgeries, evacuate patients and contend with food and supply shortages. Even bigger challenges are expected in coming months when people who have lost homes and jobs avoid medical treatment or seek charitable care.”

Harvey Strains Hospitals, Shuts Down Services
Medscape, August 29, 2017

“As tropical storm Harvey resumed its torrential assault on the Houston area today, some hospitals and clinics continued to shut down services and others operated with smaller staffs of providers who often struggled mightily to get to their patients.”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The health consequences to expect from Hurricane Harvey’s floods
Washington Post, August 29, 2017

“Though the storm will pass and waters eventually recede, the danger from floodwaters will linger. “I distill it down to short term, long term and big picture,” said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine.”

What Happens When a Hurricane Hits a Hospital
Time, August 28, 2017

“As Harvey gathered steam before making landfall late Friday night, the more than 106,000 TMC employees were prepared, but no one could have predicted the sheer volume of water that would inundate the city. The lobby of MD Anderson Cancer Center resembled a wading pool, and some of TMC’s facilities effectively ended up in a moat, surrounded by water that prevented anyone from getting in or out.”

Chattanooga medical teams, volunteers aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
Times Free Press, August 29, 2017

“Julia Wright, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee, said 31 Red Cross volunteers from the state, including two local volunteers who accompanied an emergency response vehicle to Baton Rouge, La., Monday morning, were currently responding to the disaster.”

Flooding disrupts care at Houston hospital, cancer center
Associated Press, August 29, 2017

“One of the nation’s busiest trauma centers began clearing space Monday for the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey even as the storm continued its days-long onslaught of rain. Ben Taub Hospital personnel transferred a handful of patients to other facilities and took much needed deliveries of food and fresh linens after spending the weekend short-staffed and with dwindling supplies, said Bryan McLeod, a spokesman for the Houston hospital’s parent company, Harris Health System.”

Stay Safe And Get A Tetanus Shot, Texas Health Officials Urge
NPR, August 28, 2017

“As health departments in Texas try to assist people with immediate medical needs following Hurricane Harvey, they're also looking to ensure those affected can get the prescription drugs they need and stay as safe as possible.”

Amid Harvey Flooding, Hospitals Offer ‘Islands of Humanity’
Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2017

“Doctors waded miles through Houston’s flooded roads to reach their clinics. Other medical staff camped out at their hospitals for days, catching some sleep on cots between shifts. One medical facility was forced to evacuate patients by boat.”

Monday, August 28, 2017

Houston’s Hospitals Treat Storm Victims and Become Victims Themselves
New York Times, August 28, 2017

“Water poured into hospitals. Ambulances were caught up in roiling floodwaters. Medical transport helicopters were grounded by high winds. Houston’s world-renowned health care infrastructure found itself battered by Hurricane Harvey, struggling to treat storm victims while becoming a victim itself.”

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hurricane Harvey victims: How to help
ABC News, August 27, 2017

“Southeastern Texas has been pummeled with unprecedented flooding this weekend after the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, leaving thousands of residents stranded and in need of help. Here are some ways that you can assist victims of the storm.”

Harvey: Houston flooding pushes hospitals to act
USA Today, August 27, 2017

“Houston’s unprecedented rainfall on Sunday pushed area medical facilities to take precautions — including, in some cases, evacuations — in a bid to protect patients.”

More medical facilities close citing Hurricane Harvey concerns
Houston Chronicle, August 26, 2017

“As concerns about flooding heightened, Houston-area medical facilities continued to suspend services Saturday.”