American College of Endocrinology (ACE) to emphasize emergency planning for
people with diabetes at National Hurricane Conference
Organization to share resources from partnership with Lilly Diabetes that
stress importance of advance planning for people with diabetes
NEW ORLEANS, March 25, 2013
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With the impact of Superstorm Sandy still resonating, the American College of
Endocrinology (ACE) will meet for the first time with emergency preparedness
officials this week at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans. ACE
will highlight advance planning opportunities for people with diabetes and
distribute educational resources created through its partnership with Lilly
Diabetes to help people avoid disruptions in care in emergency situations.
Since 2006, ACE has worked with Lilly Diabetes to offer tips through an
emergency preparedness program so people can plan their diabetes management in
advance of severe storms and other emergencies.
When natural and man-made disasters or weather emergencies strike, millions of
people may be left stranded in their homes without power or forced to leave
their homes. Being caught unprepared for these types of events can be
potentially life-threatening, particularly for people with diabetes who are
insulin dependent, and who are much more susceptible to complications when
they cannot perform their normal care routine.
After seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lilly
Diabetes and ACE joined forces to create the "My Diabetes Emergency Plan"
program, a comprehensive checklist —with supporting video resources—for people
with diabetes to use to help prepare for and manage their health during an
emergency. Since then, more than 10 million checklists have been distributed
throughout the United States. ACE will review these tools with conference
participants this week and provide materials on DVD. Campaign resources are
also available for free download at www.empoweryourhealth.org.
Recent history offers a clear warning of the need for preparation: 2011 was
the deadliest tornado season in 50 years^1, and 2012 saw 19 named hurricanes,
an occurrence that has happened only six other times in 162 years of record
keeping.^2 And for 2013, severe storm season has only just begun.
"We are looking forward to sitting down with emergency managers to discuss how
our resources for people with diabetes can help support their local
populations who may be in severe weather zones or possibly at risk for
displacement during an emergency," said Dr. Lawrence Blonde, endocrinologist,
member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and
fellow of ACE. "Emergencies come in all sizes, but when weather emergencies
spring up—particularly with the frequency we've seen lately—it's even more
important for people with diabetes to be ready. Their health may depend on
The ACE/Lilly Diabetes checklist recommends a number of practical steps to
take and items to have available to help ensure a person with diabetes can
continue their diabetes management during an emergency. This includes having a
portable, insulated and waterproof kit that contains a list of all of the
patient's medical conditions, allergies and prior surgeries; a properly stored
supply of all medications; blood sugar testing supplies; and contact
information for all healthcare providers. Additional items include a source of
fast-acting carbohydrates to treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia); a supply of
bottled water and non-perishable food; and an empty water bottle and/or sharps
container to hold used syringes, needles and/or lancets.
"This is a terrific opportunity to learn from those who are on the front lines
how we can best disseminate our emergency tips to help people with diabetes
take action in advance of a severe situation," said Dr. Jeffrey Jackson,
endocrinologist, member of AACE, fellow of ACE, and senior medical adviser,
Lilly Diabetes. "It only takes a few minutes to put an emergency kit together,
and we will continue working with ACE to help the people with diabetes in this
country reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening disruptions in their
care by encouraging them to incorporate our tools and resources into their
overall diabetes management plans."
The National Hurricane Conference takes place March 25-28 and is conducted
annually to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
The group includes emergency planners, public works officials,
television/radio meteorologists, nursing home officials and others dedicated
to preserving the safety and health of people during severe weather events.
About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific
arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is
the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic
disorders by: Providing professional education and reliable public health
information; Recognizing excellence in education, research and service;
Promoting clinical research and Defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology.
For more information, please visit www.aace.com.
About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when it introduced
the world's first commercial insulin. Today Lilly works to meet the diverse
needs of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and
growing product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real
solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—to make lives better.
For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
About Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY)
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides
answers—through medicines and information—for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com.
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Glenn Sebold, ACE Candace Johnson, Lilly Diabetes
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^1 Reuters. "2011 tornado death toll tops 500 and season not over." Posted
Thursday, May 26, 2011.
Accessed January 18, 2013.
^2 The Weather Channel 2012 Hurricane Season Wrap Up. Available at
http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical. Accessed January 16, 2013.
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SOURCE American College of Endocrinology; Eli Lilly and Company
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