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Be Prepared with a Diabetes Emergency Kit

Posted by Lake Health Diabetes Education Center on Apr 13, 2020 8:52:46 AM


Managing diabetes is a 24/7 responsibility. During emergencies, people with diabetes face particular challenges to their health so preparedness is key. For this reason, Lake Health recommends creating an emergency kit so you're equipped with the items you need if you have to head out at a moment’s notice. 

Your diabetes emergency kit should include all of the following items:

Diabetes Emergency Kit

Testing supplies:

  • Extra test strips and lancets
  • Spare batteries for your meter and CGM
  • Sharps container (an empty water bottle)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Pencil and paper to record blood sugar results

Food and water:

  • Three liters of water per person
  • Non-perishable snacks to treat lows for two days: peanut butter crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Quick-grab carbs. Ideas include one six-ounce juice pack, six hard candies, two packs of Smarties, two tablespoons of raisins, or one tablespoon sugar
  • Glucose tablets

Important information:

  • Diabetes identification card or wearable ID
  • List of current prescriptions
  • Copy of insurance cards
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • A medical history summary that states your diabetes type, allergies and other health conditions

If you are taking insulin or hypoglycemic medication, pack:

  • Glucagon kit
  • Extra insulin syringes
  • Small Styrofoam cooler for insulin (store ice packs in freezer)
  • Foil-wrapped ketone test strips
  • Backup supplies for insulin pump (batteries, infusion sets)

Managing your life and diabetes can be challenging. The certified diabetes educators at Lake Health can help you control your diabetes with a wide range of support services.

Learn more about Diabetes Education Services by calling 440-354-1622.

 

Topics: Diabetes