LAWRENCE, Mass., July 1, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — NxStage® Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today announced the introduction of Are You Ready?, a comprehensive emergency preparedness guidebook. The guidebook, developed in conjunction with the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition, aims to help patients using NxStage Medical’s System One™ home hemodialysis system and their care partners be prepared to ensure continuity of therapy in the event of a natural disaster or other potentially disruptive non-medical event.
Missing dialysis treatments can be a matter of life and death for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). However, the portability of the System One allows home patients to take their machines and supplies with them in case of evacuation. And, if confined to their homes, NxStage patients can typically continue with their daily treatment regimen. Are You Ready? helps patients and their care partners prepare in advance for these types of situations.
The centerpiece of Are You Ready is a comprehensive workbook that includes instructions for the following:
- Developing and testing an evacuation plan
- Ordering emergency reserves of home dialysis equipment and supplies
- Consolidating emergency contact information and critical medical/identification documents
- Organizing visible access to prescription information, as well as information on allergies or specific dietary guidelines or restrictions.
- Alerting local utility companies in the event water or electricity supply is compromised
- Accessing emergency services and options for transportation
Are You Ready? also recommends patients store their information electronically, in the event their records become lost or unavailable in a disaster, on a safe and secure portal such as the American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) web site, entitled My Health (www.aakp.org/My-Health). AAKP My Health™ is a tool that allows patients to store and upload valuable health information online, and access to this information can be gained anywhere there is an internet connection in an emergency situation.
Emergency situations pose a severe threat to the lives of all patients on dialysis and having an action plan in place is critical, stated American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) President Carolyn Price. We are pleased that NxStage has developed this emergency preparedness program for home hemodialysis patients and that we are able to assist through AAKP My Health.
Centers and NxStage patients can access a free electronic version of the Are You Ready? guidebook for download at www.nxstage.com/areyouready.
About NxStage Medical
NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM) is a medical device company, headquartered in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA, that develops, manufactures and markets innovative products for the treatment of ESRD and acute kidney failure. For more information on NxStage and its products, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nxstage.com/.
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