What to Do in an Emergency if You Need Dialysis
During a natural disaster or other emergency, getting kidney dialysis treatment may not be possible. Power could be out for several days or even longer, and roads may be closed so you can’t get to your dialysis center or a hospital.
If you have a home dialysis machine, you may be able to do manual exchanges until the power comes back on. You might also consider buying a small backup generator so you have continuous power.
If you receive kidney dialysis at a center but can’t get treatment, these steps can help safeguard your health:
If you need immediate assistance, call the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) help line at 1-888-33KIDNEY. For additional information and resources to help you prepare for an emergency, visit NKF at www.kidney.org/help or the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program at www.kcercoalition.com/en/
For more information:
- CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation
- Kidney Community Emergency Response Program
- National Kidney Foundation Emergency Resources
- Find a Red Cross Shelter (1-877-272-7337)
- American Association of Kidney Patients
- Dialysis Safety Patient Information
- Medicare: Getting Dialysis in an Emergency
- CDC Diabetes on Facebook
- @CDCDiabetes on Twitter