DaVita Advises East Coast Dialysis Patients to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services that is committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), today announced important emergency preparedness information and resources for dialysis patients, particularly those in Hurricane Sandy's path – from North Carolina up to Connecticut.
DaVita® teammates will continue to monitor the storm as it progresses, providing patients with the most up-to-date information regarding their treatments. Dialysis patients require treatments at least three times per week and are at high risk during natural disasters and weather-related emergencies.
In order to prepare for the unexpected, DaVita recommends dialysis patients create an emergency kit that includes:
- Emergency phone numbers for their doctors and dialysis center, as well as contact information for a nearby dialysis center
- At least three days' worth of medications, as well as a list of the dosage amounts
- If diabetic, a week's worth of supplies (syringes, insulin, alcohol wipes, glucose monitoring strips, etc.)
- Access to clean water, food, a can opener, first aid supplies, and a battery-operated flashlight and radio
“The fact of the matter is that this storm can be unpredictable,” said Mark Taylor, DaVita divisional vice president. “The most important thing we can do at this point in time is provide our patients with the educational tools they need and encourage them to prepare for Hurricane Sandy as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Visit DaVita.com to see the full three-day emergency diet and additional emergency preparedness information, including:
- Emergency preparedness for people with kidney disease
- Preparing for the unexpected with home dialysis
- Diabetes Emergency Plan
For additional questions, or for assistance during a weather-related event, call DaVita Guest Services at 1-800-400-8331.
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DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita strives to improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of June 30, 2012, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,884 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 149,000 patients. The company also operated 19 outpatient dialysis centers located in four countries outside the United States. DaVita supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company's leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit www.davita.com.
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