September 2, 2015 | A Day in the Life of a Dialysis Healthcare Administrator
Because my facility is a home dialysis clinic you might think that our patients would be at greater risk than those who dialyze in a center. I think just that opposite.
Our patients are trained in disaster preparedness during their initial home dialysis training. One month prior to hurricane season, in May, we have all our patients order 1 week reserve of dialysis solution and ancillary supplies. We review manual dialysis with all our cycler patients and provide every patient with a packet of information.
Our hurricane packets contain information such as what supplies to have on hand (batteries, flashlights, non-perishable food, bottle water, etc.), emergency contact information, a curfew which enables them to travel on the road should a curfew be imposed, 3 day meal plan, as well as their up to date medical information in case they are required to evacuate.
We learned from our experience during one of Florida’s category 5 hurricanes in 2004 and again during hurricane Katrina in 2005. Soon the Village adopted our tools and ideas for dealing with any disaster – earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, storm storms, etc.
DaVita has developed an emergency response team called Da-Vert. They have established the plans and procedures we all follow. They can provide support in times of disaster to an effected area. DaVita excels at providing service excellence to our patients and their families. Patient safety is always our number one priority.