Fresenius Medical Care Preparing for Hurricane Sandy Across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

  Fresenius Medical Care Preparing for Hurricane Sandy Across the Northeast
  and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

Nation’s Leading Dialysis Provider Activates Disaster Response Team to Ensure
             Continued Patient Care in Areas that may be Affected

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- October 26, 2012

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, Fresenius Medical Care North America
(FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has activated
its Emergency Response Team to begin implementing plans to ensure continued
patient care across the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, which may be
affected by the storm.

The Fresenius Medical Care Disaster Response Team, assisted by divisional,
technical and regional employees, works closely with local governments and
community organizations such as the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER)
Coalition to prepare for and respond quickly to a variety of disasters. FMCNA
and its partners are ready to deliver generators, fuel, bottled water and
meals to facilities and employees affected by this storm. FMCNA staff is also
providing extra treatment shifts for patients at clinics anticipated to be
affected by Hurricane Sandy,  including clinics that may be required to close
by state officials.

Patients seeking help with emergency plans or more information about arranging
alternate dialysis clinics should call FMCNA’s toll-free Patient Emergency
Hotline: 1-800-626-1297.

FMCNA recommends that dialysis patients have the following plans in place:

  *Keep emergency phone numbers handy. When bad weather threatens, contact
    your local dialysis facility and follow their instructions.
  *Have a disaster plan. Talk to your doctor, dialysis care team and family
    about what you should do if a disaster strikes. Keep track of local
    weather forecasts.
  *Gather emergency supplies. Have a first-aid kit on hand, along with a
    flashlight (with extra batteries), blankets, battery-powered radio, cell
    phone, non-electric can opener and any necessary medications.
  *Make sure you have a ride. If you are an in-center patient, arrange for
    backup transportation to the clinic with a friend, neighbor or family
  *Plan for power outages. If you are a home dialysis patient and you lose
    power, follow the directions given to you by the home training staff for
    continuing dialysis in an emergency.
  *Adjust your insulin. If you are diabetic, ask your doctor how to adjust
    your insulin dosage if severe flooding is forecast for your area.

While storms and other natural disasters can be inconvenient and even
life-threatening for entire communities, they pose an especially serious
health threat to dialysis patients whose treatments are delayed by electrical
power outages or inability to access their normal treatment locations.
Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) typically need dialysis treatment
every two days to clean waste products from their blood, remove extra fluids
and control their bodies’ chemistry after their kidneys have failed.

Most FMCNA dialysis clinics are equipped with emergency backup electrical
generators to ensure that critical patient care continues in the event of a
power outage. If necessary, dialysis treatments also can be provided at
alternate facilities for patients – including those from other dialysis
companies – whose regular clinics are temporarily unavailable.

“Advance preparation helps us to ensure uninterrupted dialysis treatments for
our patients,” said Bill Numbers, FMCNA Vice President of Operations Support
and Incident Commander for Disaster Response and Planning.  “FMCNA’s resources
and national partnerships give us the ability to coordinate the delivery of
resources from across the country to any locale within hours of a disaster.”

FMCNA’s disaster response plan has been tested and validated many times in
recent years, from Hurricanes Ike, Isaac and Katrina to tornados, floods and
severe thunderstorms. When such events occur, FMCNA coordinates efforts across
all levels of the company, ensuring the ability of staff to provide patients
with dialysis treatments, equipment and supplies, medicines and lab services.

For more information on FMCNA’s natural disaster response efforts and
important tips to help patients prepare for any emergency, visit FMCNA’s
Emergency Preparedness website.

About Fresenius Medical Care

Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) is the world’s leading company devoted to
patient-centered renal therapy. Through more than 3,119 clinics in North
America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, we provide kidney
dialysis treatments to approximately 253,000 patients worldwide. We are also
the world’s leading maker of dialysis products, such as dialysis machines,
dialyzers and related disposable products. Chronic kidney failure is a
condition that affects more than 2.1 million individuals worldwide. For more
information about the company’s more than 2,100 U.S. dialysis facilities,
visit (in English and Spanish). For more
information about Fresenius Medical Care, visit or


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