Preparing For Disaster Diabetic Preparedness Key To Survival This Season

Preparing For Disaster Diabetic Preparedness Key To Survival This Season



When Hurricane Katrina struck last August, people with diabetes faced particular challenges, especially those using insulin. More than 20 million people in​ America have diabetes, and​ many others suffer with other chronic health conditions.

During this year's hurricane and​ tornado season, Eli Lilly and​ Company, one of​ the​ world's leading manufacturers of​ insulin, suggests that individuals with diabetes or​ any other chronic illness should follow the​ guidelines below, no matter where you live:

• Medicine and​ supplies should be stored in​ a​ defined location to​ be easily gathered if​ you must quickly evacuate home or​ work.

• Keep cool packs in​ your freezer to​ keep medicine cool.

• Compile an​ easy-to-reach kit including:

• Medical supplies: syringes, cotton balls, tissues, swabs, blood glucose testing strips, blood glucose meter, lancing device and​ lancets, urine ketone testing strips, items for​ your therapy and​ blood sugar monitoring

• an​ empty hard plastic bottle to​ dispose of​ syringes and​ lancets

• Cooler for​ insulin

• Pen and​ notebook

• Glasses

• Copies of​ prescriptions, insurance cards, medical information and​ contact list, including caregiver's and​ physicians' names and​ phone numbers

• Physician's orders for​ your child's care on file at​ school and​ in​ your disaster kit

• Glucagon emergency kit and​ fast-acting carbohydrate (glucose tablets, orange juice)

• Nonperishable food such as​ granola bars and​ water

• First-aid kit, flashlight, whistle, matches, candles, radio with batteries, work gloves

• Supplies for​ at​ least a​ week

• Something containing sugar in​ case you develop low blood sugar.

"No one can fully anticipate a​ natural disaster, but with preparation, people with diabetes can manage their disease," said Dr. Sherry Martin, medical advisor, Eli Lilly and​ Company. "Taking the​ time to​ prepare could make a​ huge difference in​ an​ emergency."

If disaster strikes, remember to:

• Maintain meal plan, keep hydrated.

• Monitor blood sugar and​ record numbers.

• Wear shoes and​ examine feet often. if​ a​ foot wound develops, seek medical attention immediately.

• if​ relocated, call your doctors as​ soon as​ possible to​ maintain the​ continuity of​ your medical care.

• Parents of​ children with diabetes should identify which school staff members will assist children in​ an​ emergency.

• if​ you are displaced, identify yourself immediately as​ a​ person with diabetes so authorities can provide medical care.




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