Creating a Diabetes Emergency Kit

May 28, 2013 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

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June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season and it is important to be prepared before disaster strikes.  Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or other natural disasters can strike with little or no notice. Use the following list as a guide to prepare your own diabetes-related disaster emergency kit.

  • Have a list of medical conditions, allergies, prior surgeries, medications, pharmacy & healthcare provider contact info
  • Carry health insurance cards
  • Have most recent lab results such as A1C, kidney, liver tests
  • Have a 30 day supply of medications such as oral & injections medications along with syringes & pen needles, glucagon kit
  • Have blood glucose & ketone testing supplies – 2 meters, batteries, strips, lancets, alcohol swabs, ketone sticks
  • Have a cooler with 4 re-freezable gel packs for insulin storage in case of power outage or travel
  • Have empty plastic bottles or sharps container for disposal of syringes, needles, lancets
  • Carry carbohydrates for hypoglycemic treatment such as glucose tablets, juice boxes, glucose gel, regular soda, sugar, hard candy
  • Have a 2 week supply of water, non perishable foods such as peanut butter/cheese crackers, meal replacement shakes, bars
  • Have pen/pencil, notebook to record blood sugars
  • Have first aid supplies like bandages, dressings, antibiotic ointments, anti-nausea, anti-diarrhea, pain meds, sunblock, insect repellent
  • Carry mobile phone with extra charger

 

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