ANHE Research Forum Monthly Call – May 25, 2023 – 3pm ET
Speaker: Teresa Dodd-Butera, PhD; RN/DABAT
Title: Environmental Health Emergencies: Risks to the Maternal-Fetal Dyad
Climate change may contribute, in part, to the intensity and frequency of environmental health emergencies. These disasters are complex events, and require individual, community, and systems level strategies. CO poisoning can occur in the aftermath of environmental emergencies, such as wildfires and winter storms, related to power losses and makeshift heating and cooking appliances. The maternal – fetal environment is particularly vulnerable to CO poisoning. Evidence in the literature will be presented, along with specific case studies from the California Poison Control System. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction will also be presented, within the context of understanding risk and prioritizing prevention and preparedness, particularly for the health and well-being of the maternal-fetal dyad.