Fresenius Medical Care Prepared to Provide Uninterrupted Care for Dialysis Patients with the Onset of an Active Storm Season

  Fresenius Medical Care Prepared to Provide Uninterrupted Care for Dialysis
  Patients with the Onset of an Active Storm Season

Emergency Response Plans Ensure That Dialysis Patients Can Get Life-Sustaining
                       Treatments When Disaster Strikes

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- May 21, 2013

With construction crews still repairing damage from last year’s catastrophic
Hurricane Sandy and residents of Moore, Okla. just starting to deal with the
tragic aftermath of yesterday’s devastating tornado, the importance of being
prepared for natural disasters has never been more apparent. That’s especially
true with the 2013 hurricane season beginning next week, and weather
forecasters predicting another busy year for hurricane activity.

Emergency preparedness is critically important for dialysis patients who
depend upon regular blood filtering treatments to remove waste products and
extra fluids from their blood after their kidneys have failed. Fortunately,
Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of
dialysis facilities, has years of experience in preparing for hurricanes,
tornados, floods, severe thunderstorms and other emergencies that could
potentially interrupt life-sustaining treatments for its more than 167,000
U.S. patients without kidney function.

FMCNA has invested heavily in a sophisticated, nationwide disaster response
system and maintains emergency supplies and trained staff all over the
country. When disaster strikes, the company’s Incident Command Team is ready
to quickly deliver fuel, water, food – even generators and motor homes – to
affected areas, or to transport employees and patients to alternate locations
for treatment if facilities are temporarily damaged or closed.

FMCNA works closely with local governments and community organizations to
ensure that, during any emergency situation, it can continue to provide
patients with dialysis treatments, as well as medical supplies, medicines, and
lab services. Although most of its activity takes place during storm season,
the task force works year round to anticipate potential problems and develop
strategies to safeguard patients’ well-being.

“Our disaster response team’s preparations allow us to hit the ground running
when severe storms and other emergencies occur,” said Bill Numbers, FMCNA vice
president of operations support and incident commander for disaster response
and planning. “Patients’ welfare is always our main concern, and our advance
plans, along with the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated staff in the
field, allow us to maintain the same high level of patient care, even when
disasters occur.”

FMCNA recently expanded its emergency planning efforts beyond its dialysis
facilities to include its network of more than 40 Fresenius Vascular Care
outpatient centers, which provide fistulas, vein grafts and other vascular
access procedures that make it easier for patients’ blood to be removed and
returned during dialysis. “We now provide the vascular care centers and their
staff and patients with the same high level of disaster preparedness and
support that all FMCNA facilities receive,” said Numbers.

While FMCNA does its best to ensure continued service in the event of
disasters, it recommends that dialysis patients prepare themselves during
storm season by following this emergency checklist:

  *Phone numbers. Keep an emergency  contacts list, and contact your dialysis
    facility when bad weather threatens.
  *Disaster plan. Talk to your dialysis care team and family ahead of time
    about what to do in a disaster. Monitor local weather forecasts.
  *Emergency supplies. Pre-pack a first-aid kit, flashlight and batteries,
    blankets, radio, cell phone, food, can opener and medications.
  *Transportation. In-center patients should arrange with a friend, neighbor
    or family member for backup transportation to their clinic.
  *Power outages. Home dialysis patients should follow the directions given
    during home training for continuing dialysis in an emergency.
  *Adjust insulin. Diabetics should ask their doctor how to adjust their
    insulin dosage if severe flooding or storms are forecast for their area.

FMCNA’s natural disaster response plan has been tested and validated many
times in recent years, from Hurricanes Sandy, Ike and Katrina, to last year’s
series of severe thunderstorms, which left a trail of property destruction and
power outages stretching from Illinois to New Jersey. As part of its business
plan for continuous quality improvement, the company has incorporated the
lessons learned from each of these events to improve its processes, resulting
in very effective disaster response capabilities.

For more information on FMCNA’s disaster response efforts and important tips
to help patients prepare for any emergency, visit FMCNA’s Disaster Response

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

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
renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit; for information
about patient services, visit

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