Blast faxes to all NW 13 dialysis units to inform them of potential situation and to activate their disaster plans based on proximity (evacuating vs. receiving).
Contact the nurse managers or regional administrators of units in potential strike area to inquire as to plans to dialyze, plans to evacuate.
WEB SITE: Hurricane K atrina The Greater New Orleans area and other areas are without power and many patients have evacuated or will be evacuated due to the catastrophic damage from Hurricane KATRINA! The dialysis community outside of these impacted areas can expect communications requesting transient dialysis services as they evacuate their communities. Be aware that cell phone towers in New Orleans area are down. Patients can call you on their cell phone, but you cannot call them back using their cell number. Also expect patients who may present without advance contact or medical records since the storm approached over the weekend . P atients with no records CAN STILL BE TREATED. All that is required is for a physician to write dialysis orders. Please be aware that it appears that this situation may be long-term and that the Network is doing everything we can to assist in the massive efforts to help the dialysis patients and providers in the affected areas. If the patients’ HbsAg status is unknown, provide treatment as potentially positive. If these patients are admitted for treatment before results of HBsAg or anti-HBs testing are known, these patients shall undergo treatment as if the HbsAg test results were positive, except that they shall not be treated in the HbsAg isolation room, area, or machine. Network toll free numbers : [for patients 800.472.8664] or [EMERGENCY ONLY for facility staff 877.700.1196] We ask your patience and cooperation in assisting during this emergency. To assist Louisiana dialysis patients and facilities, we have the following emergency management resources available on our web site. ESRD Network 13 Web Site http://www.network13.org/ katrina . htm or http://www.network13.org/patients. htm or http://www.network13.org/alert. htm Suggested resources for download and printing An Emergency Preparedness Guide for Dialysis & Transplant Patients Preparación Para Emergéncias para Pacientes de Diálisis y Trasplante Emergencies Guide for People on Dialysis Prepárese para Emergencias : Una guía para personas en diálisis Uniform ESRD Transient Form Medicare - Dialysis Facility Compare Website
Sample Public Service Announcement (PSA) DIALYSIS PATIENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (Approximately 60 Seconds) September 20, 2005 Important Information for Dialysis Patients: If you are a dialysis patient, you need to continue to get dialysis at least three times a week. Call 1.877.886.4435 to get dialysis . Inform officials at shelters, during health assessments, and at check points that you need life saving dialysis often . Dialysis services are available! Call 1.877.886.4435 to locate a dialysis facility. Limit the amount of fluids you drink and the salt in your food if you use dialysis. Choose foods carefully and avoid fruits and vegetables high in potassium. Call 1.877.886.4435 for help getting dialysis.