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.

 

Waiting for an emergency or disaster to occur is too late! 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 toDialysis Patient maintain their health during an emergency and disaster.  This includes:

  • minimizing fluid intake

  • restricting their salt and potassium intake

  •  eating an “emergency diet”

  • 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, below is a brief list of things to take action on in order to, not only be prepared 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

 

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis (.pdf / 146kb)

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