Fresenius Medical Care Preparing for Winter Storm Nemo in the Northeast
Nation’s Leading Dialysis Provider Activates Disaster Response Team to Ensure
Continued Patient Care in Areas that may be Affected
WALTHAM, Mass. -- February 7, 2013
In anticipation of Winter Storm Nemo, 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 throughout areas in the Northeast which may be affected by the
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 and other supplies to
facilities and employees affected by this storm. FMCNA staff are also
providing extra treatment shifts for patients at clinics anticipated to be
affected by the storm, including clinics that may be required to close by
Patients seeking help with emergency plans or more information about arranging
alternate dialysis clinics should call FMCNA’s toll-free Patient Emergency
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
*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 forecasted 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 and remove extra
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 Dr. Babajide Salako, Director of Corporate Operations
Support, FMCNA. “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 Sandy and Isaac 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
Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent’s top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
For more information about the company, visit www.fmcna.com; for information
about patient services, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com.
Full and By
Brooks Toombs, 1-617-638-0022 / voice
Fresenius Medical Care
Rosemary Heinold, 1-781-699-4171 / voice
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