A national Associated Press article today discussed the emergency needs of homecare patients, and especially oxygen users, who depend on electricity. Roughly 2 million people use home oxygen machines, most of which require electricity. A power outage could be deadly to these homecare patients.
The article states, “When it comes to oxygen, many home health care companies "bend over backward" to race tanks to customers during power outages, noted Washington's Rubinson."
A reference to AAHomecare's request for oxygen providers to be designated as first responders during natural disasters is also mentioned within the article.
For the full text see: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5grvhaVD9z8kT-Fr13MFzz608pESQD95LFUDO0.