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Natural Disasters in the Americas, Dialysis Patients, and Implications for Emergency Planning: A Systematic Review


We identified 424 records through database searching (PubMed = 297; Scopus = 14; CINAHL =104; Cochrane Library = 9) and 10 additional records through other sources. We removed 56 duplicates and screened 378 records. After eliminating 357 records that did not meet inclusion criteria, we assessed 21 full-text articles for eligibility. We excluded 6 full-text articles for the following reasons: 1 minireview focused on acute kidney injury patients; 1 review article considered the use of peritoneal dialysis in austere environments; and 4 articles did not discuss the effects of a natural disaster on dialysis patients. Fifteen articles met the selection criteria for full-text data extraction.


The study selection process for a systematic review of natural disasters in the Americas, dialysis patients, and implications for emergency planning. The search was conducted from January 29, 2019, through February 1, 2019.

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