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What supplies should you have for a diabetic emergency?

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For emergencies, have on hand:

The American Diabetes Association recommends storing 3 days’ worth of diabetes supplies in case of emergencies such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, or blizzards. Depending on how you manage your diabetes, this could include diabetes pills, insulin and insulin supplies, extra batteries, and quick-acting sources of glucose, as well as standard supplies such as food that doesn't spoil, and water.

Store these supplies in a waterproof container in a place where you can get to them easily. You may want to keep a set of emergency supplies at home, work, and in your car.

  • Medical alert ID (such as a bracelet, necklace, or card) that says you have diabetes
  • Emergency contact information
  • Emergency preparedness supplies

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver: "Shopping List - Supplies for College or Living on Your Own."

Donald Kain, MA, RD, LD, CDE, outreach coordinator, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, research investigator, department of medical education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

American Diabetes Association: "Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety;" "Tips for Emergency Preparedness;" "Skin Care;" "Foot Care;" "Brush and Floss;" and Oral Health and Hygiene: Frequently Asked Questions."

American Diabetes Association Planet D: "Hypoglycemia."

Diabetes Blood Sugar Solutions: "Insulin Pump Supplies."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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