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Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis

September 08 2010

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on DialysisIntroduction

Emergencies caused by severe weather or disasters can happen with or without warning. If you need dialysis, having power and water, transportation, or supplies may be very important. Some emergency situations may make it impossible for you to get to your dialysis facility or give yourself dialysis. It is important to be prepared so you can feel better and stay healthier.

This booklet explains:

  • Helpful tips.
  • How to prepare for an emergency.
  • How to disinfect water.
  • Helpful contacts for more information.

Preparing for Emergencies has important information to help keep you healthy.

Emergency Instructions
➡Stay at home, unless you are hurt.
➡Begin survival diet:
2 cups fluid per 24 hours, no fresh fruit or vegetables. See pages 2227 in your guide for detailed diet instructions.
➡Wait at home for instructions and details about dialysis on TV, radio, messenger, or phone.
➡If you must go to a shelter, tell the person in charge about your special needs.

Remember: Hospitals may not be equipped to provide maintenance dialysis treatments.

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PDF format, 198KB, 38Pages.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Helpful Tips in an Emergency and Travel Tips . . . . . 5
Steps to Prepare for an Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Gather and Carry Important Medical Information . . . . 7
Make Alternative Arrangements for Treatment . . . . . 14
Prepare an Emergency Stock of Supplies,
Medicines/Medical Supplies, and Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Know What Diet to Follow if Your Dialysis
Must be Delayed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
How to Disinfect Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
If You are on a Dialysis Machine
in an Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
For More Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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