Monday, June 17, 2013

FDA - Hurricane Checklist - Medical Devices

Public Health Focus > Hurricane Safety Checklist:

"The FDA reminds consumers to take precautions for storing water and ensuring the safety of their food and medical supplies for themselves, their families, and their pets during and after any hurricane-related rain, possible flooding and power outages.

The agency also reminds consumers that it is important to have a plan in place for emergency medication and medical supplies for both people and animals. This is especially true for those with health concerns, particularly if the power goes out.

In general, FDA encourages consumers to: . . . "  (follow the link above to the FDA's checklist)

More specifically for medical devices:

Medical Devices

  • If you have a "life-supporting" or "life-sustaining" device that depends on electricity, you should contact your healthcare provider for information on how to maintain function in the event of a loss of power.
  • Keep your device and supplies clean and dry. If possible, notify your local Public Health Authority to request evacuation prior to adverse weather events.
  • For more information, see FDA Offers Tips about Medical Devices and Hurricane Disasters15 (en EspaƱol16).

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