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More threats from climate change on healthcare in 2021 and beyond

As we enter 2021, experts widely expect that climate change and environmental damage will take an increasing toll on health and healthcare. And as our environment changes, hospitals and clinics need to adapt as well, said Brennan Scott, CHFM, CHOP, head of surveyor development at DNV GL. 

Part of this will mean updating your facility’s hazard vulnerability analysis to account for more frequent and severe events, said Scott. The other part will be training staff on how to manage multiple emergency events, such as an emergency occurring on top of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll also have to learn how to cope with emergency events happening one after another.

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