September 13, 2008
Kidney dialysis patients who traveled from Texas coastal areas in advance of Hurricane Ike can call (866) 407-3773 toll-free to locate dialysis services en route or in the areas to which they have evacuated.
The emergency locator service is available now and will be operational round-the-clock. The service is provided by the Texas End Stage Renal Disease Network and the Texas End Stage Renal Disease Emergency Coalition.
Before traveling, dialysis patients also are encouraged to receive dialysis and to heed fluid-intake and dietary precautions. DSHS urges those who evacuated affected areas to wait for official word from state or local officials before returning to their homes.
People on dialysis need to receive the blood-cleansing treatment three times a week to stay alive.
(News Media: For more information, contact Luis Morales, DSHS Communications Director, Austin, 512-532-4950.)