CARDIAC PLAN / HURRICANE EMERGENCY PLANNINGJune 14, 2018
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.
- Talk to your healthcare provider before a storm is in the Gulf. Things to consider are:
- Have a 30 day supply of all of your medications
- Have laboratory results, medication list and medical summary.
- If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin) have the results of your most recent PT/INR.
- Keep your medication and supplies with you. Don’t place them in luggage that could get separated.
- If you are using injectable anticoagulants, dispose of sharps safely.
- An empty water bottle with a cap can store needles and lancets until they can be properly disposed of.
- If you are working around rubble or debris wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes and gloves.
- Stay well hydrated. Anticoagulants, stress and heat all combine to increase the risk of heat injuries.
- Be sure you are up to date on all immunizations. Cuts and bites can quickly become dangerous.
- 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.