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Vaidyanathan A, Saha S, Vicedo-Cabrera AM
AHRQ Author: Elixhauser A
Assessment of extreme heat and hospitalizations to inform early warning systems.
The purpose of this study was to conduct multistate analyses to explore associations between heat and all-cause and cause-specific hospitalizations, in order to inform the design and development of heat-health early warning systems. Researchers used a two-stage analysis to estimate heat-health risk relationships between heat index and hospitalizations, then used the results to identify heat index ranges that corresponded with a significant heat-attributable burden and compared these to National Weather Service (NWS) heat alert criteria used during the same time period. The study’s conclusions suggest that locally specific health evidence can inform and calibrate heat alert criteria.
Citation: Vaidyanathan A, Saha S, Vicedo-Cabrera AM . Assessment of extreme heat and hospitalizations to inform early warning systems. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2019 Mar 19;116(12):5420-27. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1806393116..
Keywords: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Hospitalization, Public Health, Risk