The National Weather Service has declared an Extreme Heat Warning through August 20, 2016 in western Oregon and western Washington south of Everett, except for coastal areas. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100°F in western Oregon, and also in the San Joaquin, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys in California. With low humidity and unstable air vulnerable to thunderstorms, many areas (including western Washington north of Everett) are also subject to a Red Flag Warning signifying increased risk of fire.
Northwest Renal Network’s Monthly Patient Bulletin for August, Keep Calm and Get Prepared, is on the importance of emergency preparedness – September is National Preparedness Month. The poster/flyer includes a link to an online social media game called “30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge” and a list of important considerations for your personal preparedness plan. Find the Monthly Patient Bulletin at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PM/Emer0816.pdf .
It’s important not just for dialysis patients, but for everyone else as well, to stay hydrated in such conditions. Heat stroke can kill anyone. See our previous posts at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/category/facility-staff/emergency-preparedness-staff/ and https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/sc-extreme-heat-fluid-control/ for a number of strategies to keep cool, stay safe, and at the same time keep fluids within a range that’s healthy for dialysis patients.