Who's at Risk in a Changing Climate Mapping Electricity-Dependent Patient Populations in a Coastal City
Webb, E., Balaji, L., Nathanson, L., et al. (2021). Who's at Risk in a Changing Climate? Mapping Electricity-Dependent Patient Populations in a Coastal City. Rhode Island Medical Journal. 104(9):14-19.
The authors used geographic information systems to analyze the relationship between patients who use a nebulizer (which is electricity-dependent) and census block data that determined areas in and around Boston at risk for flooding during hurricanes. They found that of 2,101 patients with nebulizer prescriptions, 24.8% lived in a hurricane flood zone, demonstrating how hospitals can assess the potential effect of environmental hazards on electricity-dependent patients using publicly available data.