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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR  
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1258
Major flooding in Central Thailand: The problem related to availability of dialysis fluid


1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

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Date of Web Publication13-Nov-2013
 

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Major flooding in Central Thailand: The problem related to availability of dialysis fluid. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2013;24:1258

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Major flooding in Central Thailand: The problem related to availability of dialysis fluid. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Dec 8];24:1258. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2013/24/6/1258/121305
To the Editor,

In October 2011, major flooding occurred in the central region of Thailand, affecting about one-fifth of the area of the country. This natural disaster caused severe damage and destruction of the local transportation system. This was reflected on its effect on the medical care in Thailand. We herein wish to present and discuss the problem we faced concerning shortage of dialysis fluid in this period. Due to the floods, about one-third of the factories that produced dialysis fluid was destroyed which caused severe shortage of dialysis fluid. To avoid such problems, we suggest the following: (a) increase the amount of production in the functioning factories, (b) in-house production of dialysis fluid in the five tertiary care hospitals that have the facilities, and (c) facilitate import of the dialysis fluid. Indeed, such disasters are unavoidable and there must be appropriate preventive action put in place to tackle the problem. [1] A similar problem was encountered in the United States of America in 2005 following the "Katrina" hurricane. The suggestion for preparedness is important and should not be neglected. [2] Any country, especially if it is located in a zone that is likely to be affected by storms, should set its own plan for disaster management. The basic preparation includes: (a) maintaining a good registration system on the data of the dialysis patients, (b) maintaining good stock of the dialysis fluid, (c) creating specific teams to help dialysis patients during natural disasters, (d) preparing in-house support facilities for production of dialysis fluid, and (e) facilitating urgent import of dialysis fluid during such sudden crisis situations.

 
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1.Kleinpeter MA. Disaster preparedness of dialysis patients for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike 2008. Adv Perit Dial 2009;25:62-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Kleinpeter MA, Norman LD, Krane NK. Disaster planning for peritoneal dialysis programs. Adv Perit Dial 2006;22:124-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Correspondence Address:
Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok
Thailand
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.121305

PMID: 24231499

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