Because dialysis facilities provide life-sustaining treatment to patients with kidney failure, it is imperative that they be prepared in the event of an emergency. Dialysis facilities (and patients) are usually not included in state and local disaster plans, and must provide for their own survival.
CMS Expectations for the ESRD Community
- Establish Disaster Coordinators at each facility.
- Read provisions concerning emergency preparedness: excerpt from the ESRD Conditions for Coverage Interpretive Guidelines.
- Notify Midwest Kidney Network of your facility’s open or closed status following a disaster event.
What We Can Do to Assist You
- Provide emergency preparedness brochures for your patients.
- Identify open and closed dialysis facilities that can provide services.
- Assist family members and facilities in determining the dialysis location of displaced patients.
- Coordinate with dialysis facilities and emergency workers to ensure patient access to dialysis.
In the event of an emergency or disaster, you will want to determine both the "open" or "closed" status of dialysis facilities in the affected area and what services they are providing. You may also need a map showing the nearest open facility. For this crucial information, go to http://dialysisunits.com.