DENVER—DaVita announced important emergency preparedness information and resources for dialysis patients, particularly those in Hurricane Sandy’s path – from North Carolina up to Connecticut.
DaVita teammates will continue to monitor the storm as it progresses, providing patients with the most up-to-date information regarding their treatments. Dialysis patients require treatments at least three times per week and are at high risk during natural disasters and weather-related emergencies.
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
“The fact of the matter is that this storm can be unpredictable,” said Mark Taylor, DaVita divisional vice president. “The most important thing we can do at this point in time is provide our patients with the educational tools they need and encourage them to prepare for Hurricane Sandy as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Visit DaVita.com to see the full three-day emergency diet and additional emergency preparedness information, including:
- Emergency preparedness for people with kidney disease
- Preparing for the unexpected with home dialysis
- Diabetes Emergency Plan
For additional questions, or for assistance during a weather-related event, call DaVita Guest Services at 1-800-400-8331.