ANTICOAGULANT HURRICANE & EMERGENCY PLAN PLANNINGJune 26, 2018
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, stroke or coronary artery disease, 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.
- Keep your supplies with you. Don’t place them in luggage that could get separated.
- Dispose of sharps safely.
- An empty water bottle with a cap can store needles and lancets until they can be properly disposed of.
- If your feet get wet, dry them carefully and be sure to change your socks regularly. Foot infections can quickly get out of hand.
- Stay well hydrated. Heart conditions, 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.
- If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness or chest pain, seek help immediately. Do not ignore warning signs.