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Preparing for Hurricane Sandy: Home Medical Equipment and Service Providers

  • Published: 2012-10-29 (Revised/Updated 2016-11-06) : American Association for Home-care.
  • Synopsis: Providers of medical equipment and services are working alongside first responders to ensure safety of seniors and people with disabilities

A hurricane is defined as a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth's surface. Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas.

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Hurricane Sandy is a massive, late-season tropical cyclone that has affected Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the southeastern United States, and is currently affecting the East Coast of the United States and Eastern Canada. Providers of Home Medical Equipment Are First Responders for Medicare Patients during Emergencies.


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Anticipating Hurricane Sandy and power outages across in the Eastern U.S., providers of durable medical equipment and services are working alongside other first responders to ensure the safety of seniors and people with disabilities, says the American Association for Home-care.

Millions of seniors and people with disabilities require some form of home medical equipment and services in the home, such as oxygen therapy, ventilators, hospital beds, or wheelchairs.

Home-care providers are especially concerned about power outages, which can be deadly for people who require an oxygen concentrator to treat lung diseases such as COPD or chronic heart failure, or a ventilator for breathing. These devices run on electricity.

Hurricanes, ice storms, and other conditions that disrupt electricity trigger emergency plans, which home medical equipment providers have in place to ensure that patients have extra oxygen tanks or back-up power for ventilators.

The American Association for Home-care represents durable medical equipment providers and others in the home-care community who serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes.

Members operate more than 3,000 home-care locations in all 50 states -

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