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!
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