For your diabetes patients at home or soon to be at home, use these tips from the ADA and AACE on creating an emergency plan.
Many diabetes patients cared for by primary care physicians are confined to home to decrease risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Patient Care consulted recommendations from the American Diabetes Association and the American Assocation of Clinical Endocrinologists for how patients with diabetes can prepare for emergencies like the current pandemic, when ready access to needed medications and materials may be limited.Use the suggestions in the slides below as a checklist to help your diabetes patients get organized for an extended period at home or to inventory their existing emergency supplies and plans.
More essentials for a diabetes emergency kit: list all medications, letters from the care team, lab tests.
Essential medical supplies for a diabetes preparedness kit includes a 30-day supply of all medications.
Include a document that explains the signs and symptoms of both hypo- and hyperglycemia for use by somebody who is unfamiliar with them.
Additional supplies for people with diabetes to keep on hand for optimal self care during isolation or quarantine.
For clinicians, during a telehealth visit with diabetes patients, remember to talk about when to contact the office, medications to be used for symptom relief, and whether any diabetes medications need to be changed.