Climate Change Resiliency for Health Care
Health care facilities in Canada are vulnerable to climate change impacts. Climate-related hazards create risks that can disrupt health care facility services and delivery.
Extreme weather events (e.g. storms, floods, wildfires, extreme temperature events) can create emergencies by damaging infrastructure, compromising access to critical resources (e.g. food and water) and the safety of patients, visitors and staff. Climate change increases risks of some infectious diseases (vector-, water- and food-borne, new and emerging) and contributes to worsening air quality. Climate-related hazards can have significant implications for demand on health care facility services.
Health care facilities can increase resiliency by increasing knowledge of climate-related risks to inform planning across a range of areas (e.g. emergency management). A resilient health care facility is also one that commits to sustainable practices, such as water and energy conservation, promoting active transportation, and local food procurement. In investing in resiliency activities in these areas, health care facilities can reduce operating costs and increase resilience in the community.