DENVER—DaVita Inc. today announced important emergency preparedness information and resources for dialysis patients during the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts June 1.
On average, more than six hurricanes occur during a typical Atlantic hurricane season. The somewhat unpredictable nature of hurricanes can put dialysis patients, who require treatments at least three times per week, at a heightened risk by causing clinic and road closures.
In order to prepare for the unexpected, DaVita recommends dialysis patients create an emergency kit that includes:
- Emergency phone numbers for their doctors and dialysis center, as well as contact information for a nearby dialysis center ;
- At least three days’ worth of medications, as well as a list of the dosage amounts;
- If diabetic, a week’s worth of supplies (syringes, insulin, alcohol wipes, glucose monitoring strips, etc.);
- Access to clean water, food, a can opener, first aid supplies, and a battery-operated flashlight and radio
“Unfortunately we can’t be there if a weather-related emergency happens while a patient is at home,” said Tom Bradsell, facility administrator at DaVita and head of DaVita’s emergency response team, DaVERT. “That’s why, as caregivers, we take important measures to help ensure our patients have the tools they need to be educated and prepared should a hurricane-related emergency occur.”
Visit DaVita.com to see the full three-day emergency diet and additional emergency preparedness information, including: