ANTICOAGULANT HURRICANE & EMERGENCY PLAN PLANNING

CARDIAC PLAN / HURRICANE EMERGENCY PLANNING
June 14, 2018
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ANTICOAGULANT HURRICANE & EMERGENCY PLAN PLANNING

ANTICOAGULANT HURRICANE & EMERGENCY PLAN PLANNING
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It you are taking aspirin, warfarin or other medication to prevent blood clotting, there are several things you should know in the event of a storm.

  1. Talk to your healthcare provider before a storm is in the Gulf. Things to consider are:
    1. Have a 30 day supply of all of your medications
    2. Have laboratory results, medication list and medical summary.
  2. If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin) have the results of your most recent PT/INR.
  3. Keep your medication and supplies with you. Don’t place them in luggage that could get separated.
  4. If you are using injectable anticoagulants, dispose of sharps safely.
    1. An empty water bottle with a cap can store needles and lancets until they can be properly disposed of.
  5. If you are working around rubble or debris wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes and gloves.
  6. Stay well hydrated. Anticoagulants, stress and heat all combine to increase the risk of heat injuries.
  7. Be sure you are up to date on all immunizations. Cuts and bites can quickly become dangerous.
  8. Have a hemostatic bandage in your first aid kit. Hemostatic bandages clot blood vessels and can prevent blood loss.  They are inexpensive and available from pharmacies or outdoor stores.

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