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Dialysis performs the functions that a normal functioning kidney would, such as preventing buildup of waste, salt and water in the body. Dialysis also assists in controlling blood pressure and maintains a safe level of certain chemicals within the blood. That is why it is important to act now;  don't wait for an emergency.
 
Dialysis is dependent on the availability of power, gas, supplies, and water – commodities that, without proper planning, are difficult to access in the event of an emergency or disaster.
 
Individuals with kidney failure need to know ahead of time what they can do to maintain their health during an emergency and disaster.

This includes

  • minimizing fluid intake
  • restricting their salt and potassium intake
  • eating an “emergency diet”
  • finding out if your dialysis facility is open or closed, www.dialysisunits.com.  On the homepage, enter your city and state.
  • planning ahead so that they have the information they need and know how to find care, www.networkofnewengland.org
If you or someone you know is relies on dialysis, it is important to prepare -- not only for hurricane season -- but for any other hazard or emergency that may suddenly occur!
  1. Contact your dialysis center! This should be the first thing that you do because they have emergency preparedness guidelines and can usually work with you to set up an emergency plan. It is important that you communicate with them for the proper course of action.
  2. Keep updated medical information close at hand and current. This information should be in your family preparedness worksheets along with important emergency numbers
  3. Have a shelter in place plan and an evacuation plan in place
  4. Be sure to have current information on your dialysis facility which includes address, phone numbers, and emergency phone numbers
  5. Engage in your emergency diet which will assist with extended the need to a dialysis treatment
  6. If you are evacuating to another area be sure to have a list of all the dialysis facilities in the new area
  7. Be sure to make alternative arrangements for dialysis treatments
  8. Have a 5-7 days supply of emergency foods, keeping in mind the special diet

 

 

  This page was updated on 9-May-12

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