When the weather gets bad and it is snowing and/or icy, we will still be here. We will however be running shorter shifts. If in doubt, Call:
Fort Smith Dialysis Center at 479-755-6700 and select option #7. Listen to the message to see if we are on the Inclement Weather Schedule.
Poteau Dialysis Center at 918-647-9373. Someone will answer your call after 6 a.m.
Van Buren Dialysis Center at 479-262-5700. Someone will answer your call after 6 a.m.
ATTENTION PATIENTS: It is extremely important for the Dialysis Center to have your current working phone number on file.
FIVE THINGS TO BE PREPARED FOR THE WINTER MONTHS
- Watch the weather forecast
- Call your dialysis unit to see if you can get your treatment before the storm arrives
- Start eating a more restrictive diet- limit potassium, sodium and fluids
- Ask someone to help you keep your walkways and driveways free of snow and ice to prevent falls
BE IN THE KNOW
- Make a list of your medications with doses and instructions
- Make a list of contact information for your health team
- Pull out your disaster dialysis handbook that your dialysis center gave you. This book has some great recommendations in it.
- Know how your transportation will work in winter weather
- Get a back up transportation in place in case your first choice is unable to bring you to dialysis treatments
BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE
- Keep patient ID card with you
- Keep a current copy of your lab report card with you
- Keep a current copy of your dialysis orders with your lab
- Contact your local utilities (gas, water and electric) let them know you are a dialysis patient and see if they have a priority restoration list in case of a out age
- Create an emergency kit- include diabetic supplies, five-to-seven-day supply of medications.
- Create an emergency food supply, three-day supply of non-perishable foods that will sustain you while controlling your intake of phosphorus, potassium and sodium.
- Gather flashlights, batteries and candles in case of electric outages
- After creating the emergency kits- once a year make sure none of the non-perishable food is expired, medications have been replaced
- Phone numbers have not changed
- Medication list and dialysis orders are up to date
- Batteries are still good
- Stay up to date on all vaccines – covid, flu, pneumonia