Whether it’s a sickle cell crisis, fire or weather event, emergencies can happen at any time. Follow this checklist to plan ahead and help manage your condition during an emergency.
- Always wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace
- Keep a copy of the following information in your house, work, school, wallet and car:
- A travel letter provided by your hematologist that explains your condition and treatment
- Insurance card(s)
- Contact list for your hematologist, CVS Specialty Sickle Cell Disease Care Program and your caregivers
- List of emergency departments or urgent care clinics in your area
- Keep sufficient medication and supplies on hand at all times, and replace them regularly before they expire
- Know how to store your medication if you normally refrigerate it in case of a power outage or if you don’t have access to a refrigerator (for example, in waterproof bags placed in a cooler with ice packs)
- Take the following with you if you need to leave your house due to an emergency, whenever possible:
- Medications you use to treat your sickle cell disease, any antibiotics you take routinely and any pain medication even if you do not take it regularly
- Your important paperwork including your medication list
- General supplies like water, food, clothes, money, first-aid kit and instant heating packs
Pack a bag to grab quickly for urgent hospital trips and include:
- Medications, supplies and medication list
- Your health insurance card
- An ice pack to keep your medication cool, if applicable
- Extra clothes and entertainment (books, cards or a tablet)
We provide express shipping with next-day service and emergency deliveries after hours, at no extra cost.
For additional support, talk to your health care provider or call the CVS Specialty Sickle Cell Disease CareTeam at 1-844-641-0413.