DaVita Response Team Prepares Patients for Emergencies
June 2, 2014 | Press Releases
Over the past few years a number of natural disasters have interrupted the operation of dialysis clinics across the U.S., impacting the delivery of life-sustaining treatments to thousands of dialysis patients. In response, DaVita formed the DaVita Village Emergency Response Team (DaVERT), a cross-functional group of clinical and operations experts from around the country, to prepare for and address disasters (both natural and otherwise) to help ensure the safety and quality of life for our patients during these emergencies.
DaVERT helps prepare clinical teammates; reinforce policies and procedures; and educate and notify patients prior to and during weather emergencies. The team takes inventory of the facility and its supplies, secures the facility and biohazard storage, and prepares for on-site support of any potential operations interruptions (e.g., bringing in generators to restore power). DaVERT also practices and educates teammates on facility evacuation procedures.
Hurricane Season Has Begun
"While official forecasts indicate a possibly quiet, below average year for hurricanes and tropical storms, that doesn't mean we can let our guard down," said Shaun Collard, vice president of clinical operations and head of DaVERT. "It only takes one hurricane hitting land to adversely affect our patients and teammates, so we must be prepared for the worst case scenario."
Dialysis patients require treatments at least three times per week and are at high risk during natural disasters and weather-related emergencies. DaVita recommends patients create an easily accessible emergency kit that includes the following:
-Emergency phone numbers for doctors and their dialysis center, as well as another nearby dialysis center;
-At least three days' worth of medications with a list of the dosage amounts;
-Clean water, food and a can opener;
-First aid supplies;
-A battery-operated flashlight and radio; and
-If diabetic, a week's worth of related medical supplies.
When a widespread emergency or disaster happens, patients are encouraged to begin a three-day emergency diet immediately to limit the amount of fluid and waste their body accumulates. DaVita also recommends that patients keep a copy of the diet with emergency supplies as a guide.
Visit DaVita.com to see the full three-day emergency diet and additional emergency preparedness information, including:
-Emergency preparedness for people with kidney disease
-Preparing for the unexpected with home dialysis
-Diabetes Emergency Plan
For additional questions, or for assistance during a weather-related event, call DaVita Guest Services at 1-800-400-8331.