Dialysis and Emergencies

If it's not tornado season, it's hurricane season but it's always severe weather season!

If it’s not tornado season, it’s hurricane season but it’s always severe weather season!

Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) hosted a phone conference recently with Joan Thomas, the executive director of the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER).  This is especially important for patients within the Southeast, Tornado Alley, and the Gulf Coast areas.  Please take a moment to listen to this and see what you might do in the case of an emergency.  Make note of phone numbers but also be prepared in case the cell towers are down!  CLICK HERE for the recording

Hints, Suggestions, and Comments

Here in Texas, we’ve had a month of severe storms including tornadoes.  It’s been a strange year!  I keep a set of my dialysis machine settings in a waterproof pouch in a backpack at the end of my bed in case I have to move quickly.  Fortunately, I haven’t had to use this information in an emergency so I can’t speak from experience but if you have some hints and suggestions, please comment on this blog.  There’s nothing like the voice of experience!

Also, there is a some valuable information about what to do in tornado and hurricane emergencies at the ESRD Network 14 website.  Disaster Preparedness.

The DPC Education Center also posted about natural disasters and being prepared titled, “The Importance of Scheduling Dialysis Treatments before Natural Disasters Strike“.  It raises some good points.

Very seriously, don’t wait for an emergency to happen before you think about disaster reaction.  It’s too late!  Dialysis patients are medically fragile.  Having to wait several days for treatment may kill you!

© 2015 DevonTexas


About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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3 Responses to Dialysis and Emergencies

  1. eva.seibes says:

    Hi Hope you are doing well under this tornado disasters Im in Namibia and pray for you All the best Regards Eva

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  2. belli, thank you for this post! My husband is on hemo dialysis and his center is in the third floor (weird I know) and we have been think of moving to a new center for just that reason. The elevators have gone out and the techs have to carry the patients down three flights of stairs. I can’t even imagine if a big earthquake hit (we live in Southern California) but anyway- thanks again! This is very important ~Clara

    • DevonTexas says:

      Excellent information! Some of us don’t think about those things until the Big One comes. Seems strange to have a center on a third floor but in the cities it’s not unusual. I dialyzed on Washing D.C. on a third floor and didn’t give it a thought. Now I will!

      Thanks again!

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