Prolonged Power Outages Can Be Deadly for People Who Rely on Durable Medical Equipment | Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Amidst the destruction after a tornado struck a town in Alabama, an ambulance raced to one of the houses left standing to take a woman to the hospital. She was not hurt, but the power was out and her portable oxygen concentrator had run out of battery. I witnessed that scene. I saw a similar phenomenon in New York City after Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane season begins on June 1, and as seen time and again, one bad storm can cause major damage and impact communities, resulting in prolonged power outages. Although power outages can be an inconvenience for most; it can be deadly for those who rely on durable medical equipment.