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Hurricane Impact on Emergency Services and Use of Telehealth to Support Prehospital Care

  • David M. French (a1) (a2), Greg A. Hall (a1), Todd McGeorge (a2), Michael Haschker (a3), Joseph G. Brazeal (a3) and Ragan Dubose-Morris (a3)...


The impact of hurricanes on emergency services is well-known. Recent history demonstrates the need for prehospital and emergency department coordination to serve communities during evacuation, storm duration, and cleanup. The use of telehealth applications may enhance this coordination while lessening the impact on health-care systems. These applications can address triage, stabilization, and diversion and may be provided in collaboration with state and local emergency management operations through various shelters, as well as during other emergency medical responses.


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Correspondence and reprint requests to David M. French, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 169 Ashley Avenue, MSC 300 Room H265, Charleston, SC 29425 (e-mail:


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Hurricane Impact on Emergency Services and Use of Telehealth to Support Prehospital Care

  • David M. French (a1) (a2), Greg A. Hall (a1), Todd McGeorge (a2), Michael Haschker (a3), Joseph G. Brazeal (a3) and Ragan Dubose-Morris (a3)...


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