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Hurricane Irene Spurs Emergency Deliveries of Medical Oxygen to Patients in Storm Path
Date:8/30/2011

weekend and the company delivered extra oxygen supplies to 10 patients on Sunday.  

Home medical equipment providers in Massachusetts and other New England and Mid-Atlantic states began as early as Thursday, August 25, lining up extra supplies and contacting patients.  

Frank Trammell, president of Carolina's Home Medical Equipment, Inc. in Matthews, North Carolina, said, "Although Hurricane Irene posed no real threat to the Charlotte area, we used this as an opportunity to kick our emergency preparedness plan into gear for a practice run. We called all of our oxygen patients to ensure that all their back up tanks were, in fact, full and that they had a plan in the event of an extended power outage. I look at this exercise as a win-win as our customers were very appreciative of our proactive efforts and we had the chance to practice our emergency plan. We were fortunate to have avoided Irene's path."  

These are just some of types of extra steps taken by hundreds of durable medical equipment providers nationwide during emergencies -- whether caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, excessive heat, flooding, ice storms, or heavy snows. The companies receive no extra compensation from Medicare for providing emergency services.  Companies responded with extra calls and visits during the July-August heat wave and during the flooding that struck Tennessee and neighboring states this Spring.  

The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and others  in the homecare community that serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states.  Please visit www.aahomecare.org/atho
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