Snowstorm Health Advice: Important Advice for Individuals on Dialysis

October 13, 2006 - State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. offers the following advice for individuals with End State Renal Disease (kidney disease) who cannot keep their scheduled dialysis appointments because of the recent heavy snowstorm in western New York:

  • Call your health care provider as soon as possible for guidance about what you should do.
  • Be more careful than ever about following your dietary restrictions and limiting fluid intake.
  • Consume no more than two cups of fluid every 24 hours, and do not eat fresh fruit or vegetables since many of these - especially bananas - are high in potassium.
  • If you are running out of prescription medications and can't leave your home, ask a friend, relative or neighbor for help.
  • If you must go to a shelter, tell the person in charge about your special needs.
  • If you have to leave home, make sure your dialysis facility knows where to find you.

For those who have electricity and internet access, the booklet, Guide for People on Dialysis: Preparing for Emergencies, provides a three-day emergency diet and other helpful information.