If you are a diabetic, proper disposal of your needles and lancets is very important for your safety and the safety of others.
To make it easier, Takoma Regional Hospital encourages diabetics to participate in their “Safe Sharps Program.”
Sharps containers are provided to diabetics who want a safe way to dispose of their needles, syringes and lancets. Once the container is full, diabetics can return it to Takoma for proper disposal and exchange it for an empty container.
“We offer this service free of charge,” Louisa Hammer, certified diabetic educator at Takoma, said. “It is just one of the many programs we have to make life better for our diabetics.”
A Takoma sharps container may be obtained from the receptionist at the main entrance of the hospital Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. Drop off is also at that location.
Another free program for diabetics at Takoma helps law enforcement officers identify drivers who may be having a diabetic emergency.
As part of the “Community Diabetes Alert Program,” diabetic drivers place a sticker on their vehicle that would alert officers to their medical condition. The program will help officers recognize diabetes-related emergencies and take appropriate action more quickly.
“Diabetes-related symptoms can resemble intoxication, so this sticker notifies officers of a possible medical condition,” Hammer said.
To obtain the free vehicle sticker, patients with diabetes must obtain a prescription from their physician identifying them as diabetics. The prescription can then be redeemed from the receptionist at Takoma’s main entrance for a special “Diabetes Alert” sticker Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information on any of these programs, please call Louisa Hammer at 636-0308.