The Impact on Emergency Department Visits for Respiratory Illness During the Southern California Wildfires
Dohrenwend, P.B., Le, M.V., Bush, J.A., et al. (2013). The Impact on Emergency Department Visits for Respiratory Illness During the Southern California Wildfires. The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 14(2):79-84.
This article describes how Southern California’s 2007 wildfires impacted emergency department visits for respiratory issues. Complaints related to dyspnea and asthma increased significantly between pre- and post-fire periods. The authors suggest developing a virtual pack of supplies to save space locally and that can be quickly assembled and sent to sites by the distributor.