End-stage renal disease use in hurricane-prone areas: should nephrologists increase the utilization of peritoneal dialysis?

Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2007 Jan;14(1):100-4. doi: 10.1053/j.ackd.2006.07.007.


Hurricane Katrina resulted in massive destruction of the gulf coast of the United States in 2005. In the immediate aftermath, displaced dialysis patients required urgent hemodialysis or additional peritoneal dialysis (PD) supplies. Massive damage to the health care infrastructure in these communities disrupted dialysis services for several months. As a result of this event and subsequent storms during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, many decisions regarding future services to dialysis patients in hurricane prone communities (HPCs) need to occur. Nephrologists, dialysis nurses, dialysis providers, and patients need to discuss the ramifications of and types of continued dialysis services in HPC. Nephrologists should encourage PD, and efforts to educate on other renal replacement therapies including PD and transplant should occur. With the potential for interruption of electrical, sewerage, and water services, more patients should consider PD. Recovery from future events begins with appropriate disaster planning. Many questions are considered and need answering in planning for dialysis services in HPC and other communities subject to natural disasters. This summary provides the basis to begin discussions when planning for dialysis services in communities prone to natural disasters.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Networks
  • Disaster Planning*
  • Disasters*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Kidney Transplantation / methods
  • Kidney Transplantation / statistics & numerical data
  • Peritoneal Dialysis / statistics & numerical data*
  • Renal Dialysis / standards
  • Renal Dialysis / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States