Dialysis Patients: Tips for Weathering Winter Stormsdriving

Winter weather, an unpredictable mix of freezing temperatures and heavy precipitation, can cause power outages and poor driving conditions which may interfere with your ability to make it to your regular dialysis treatment schedules.

Make a plan for bad weather and consider the following:

  • Keep your emergency phone numbers handy
  • Talk to your doctor or dialysis team and family about your plan – what should you do?
  • Keep emergency supplies on hand, such as any needed medications
  • If you dialyze at a clinic or at the hospital, arrange for back-up transportation with a friend, neighbour or family member
  • If you dialyze at home and lose power, follow the directions given to you by the training staff
  • If you are a diabetic, ask your doctors how to adjust your insulin dosage during winter storm emergencies

 

Source: Reuters, January 2009; Fresenius Medical Care

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