Does this take into account air quality after disasters? Can it? Should it?
1 November 2018 - 1:09pm
Currently the tool does not specifically look at triggers after disasters as such, but it might be applicable. For example, if a home visit is conducted after a flooding incident, the tool should capture the mold/moisture expose. The ESS also does not include an outdoor air pollution/trigger component, but that would be something to consider, although it might be difficult to capture.
Given the huge impact of major disasters (dust/chemical plume for months post 9/11 - 17 years ago today in New York, Katrina devestatioin in New Orleans) I suspect impacts would overwhelme typical in-home trigger exposures measured by ESS. Perhaps an additional dimension.
1 November 2018 - 1:10pm
I agree that this would be really valuable information in the overall treatment of the patients that we usually work with, but I'm not sure how the ESS component would best be applied. It's certainly worth exploring!