Fresenius Medical Care North America Prepares Dialysis Patients as Hurricane Laura Approaches Gulf Coast
WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Fresenius Medical Care (FMCNA), the nation's leading provider of dialysis products and services, has activated its national disaster response team to ensure continuity of care as Hurricane Laura bears down on the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana.
Any person in need of life-sustaining dialysis, or who may have questions about where to receive care before, during, or after the storm, should call Fresenius Kidney Care's 24-hour Emergency Hotline at 1-800-626-1297. This service is available for any dialysis patient in the impacted region regardless of their care provider.
"We are committed to ensuring that every person in need of dialysis can receive care regardless of their usual provider and the impact of the storm," said Bob Loeper, Vice President for Operations Support and Business Continuity at FMCNA. "Our patients are especially vulnerable due to kidney failure and the need for regular treatments. We have mobilized our response team to prepare for this storm and to respond immediately afterwards."
Disaster response team members have brought in gasoline, diesel, generators, trucks, water, and supplies and are testing generators, securing facilities, and sandbagging where necessary. For patients who typically administer their own dialysis treatment at home, staff are prepared to deliver necessary supplies and check-in as needed.
Fresenius Kidney Care has been ensuring patients receive treatment prior to the storm by extending hours or moving patients to other clinics outside the evacuated areas. Patients are provided emergency kits and instructions for touching base with their care teams during and after the storm and for securing treatment should their normal dialysis center be severely damaged.
People living with kidney failure require dialysis treatment every two to three days to stay alive and healthy and are among the most vulnerable during a disaster. More than 78,000 people in Louisiana and Texas are living with kidney failure on dialysis.
Learn more about the company's disaster relief efforts at https://fmcna.com/disaster.
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