Wait caused by winter storm in San Antonio puts dialysis patients at risk

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SAN ANTONIO – Last week’s winter storm in San Antonio pressured dialysis patients to play a harmful ready sport, placing them at risk.

Not solely have been many unable to journey roads coated by ice, however dialysis facilities needed to take care of energy points and low water stress.

However, STRAC, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, reviews 63 of 70 dialysis facilities in its area, together with San Antonio, are actually open.

Eric Epley, its govt director, stated STRAC’s function has been offering “generators and water tankers, like we’ve been doing with hospitals.”

Fresenius Kidney Care additionally had its personal emergency response, sending convoys of these turbines and water tankers to its middle.

Since EMS ambulances don’t deal with dialysis transports like personal ambulances, Joe Arrington, spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department, stated they’ll name 311 that may additionally present toll free numbers for the assorted dialysis facilities to arrange appointments.

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For occasion, the toll free quantity for Fresenius is 1-800-626-1297. DaVita is 1-800-400-8331.

However, Arrington harassed 911 is just for a life-threatening emergency.

Epley stated the dialysis facilities general have been doing a very good job calling their patients to arrange appointments as quickly as attainable.

For now, many patients solely endure two hours of dialysis.

Dr. Shweta Bansal, a nephrologist at UT Health San Antonio stated, “Usually, you do four hours, but here, we were doing two hours because the goal was not to provide the best care to the patient.”

She stated, “The goal was to provide enough care that they survive,” by decreasing the toxins, fluids and potassium in the physique.

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