Dr. Stephen Ponder, T1D, Sugar Surfing author, pediatric endocrinologist and diabetes advocate detected a need for an insulin reference that could be used by doctors and patients caught up in natural disasters like hurricanes. Due to the supply chaos that a natural disaster can introduce, people with diabetes and doctors on the scene are faced with making insulin substitutions with what is available. What was needed was a concise and accurate substitution guide.
Dr. Ponder explains how this guide was generated by dedicated professionals:
With this idea, I immediately reached out to a good friend and colleague, Barbara Kocurek PharmD, CDE with Baylor Scott and White Healthcare in Dallas. Barb and her incredible team of Texas-based diabetes educators came up with a brief, to-the-point handout in just a matter of days. They continue to refine it and it is now before an Endocrine Society subcommittee to validate it even further.
Follow the above link to The Sugar Surfing website and you’ll find a link to pdf file. You’ll also find a link to a Spanish language version that TuD Community Leader, @Mila helped produce.
What would you do if your usual insulin was not available?