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In December 2013, Toronto and surrounding areas experienced the most severe ice storm in more than a decade causing mass power outages and millions of dollars in property damage. This presentation will provide an overview of a study that examined the health effects of the 2013 ice storm using emergency department visit data from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS). This includes injuries, medical conditions, and toxic exposures,). The challenges of quantifying the health impacts of extreme weather will also be discussed.
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Presenters: Nikhil Rajaram and Karin Hohenadel
Nikhil Rajaram completed residency training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and recently joined the Ministry of Labour as a Medical Consultant.
Karin Hohenadel is a Senior Program Specialist in Emergency Preparedness at Public Health Ontario with interests in emergency response, disaster epidemiology and health equity.
Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).
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