Labor Day, The Most Dangerous Holiday: Ways Chronic Kidney Disease & Dialysis Patients Can Be Safe?

Can you believe Labor Day is already upon us? While Labor Day serves as one last "Hurrah" of a Holiday before fall (autumn) which signifies the end of summer and back to school and work; the Holiday also serves as the Number One (#1) Holiday for the greatest number of injuries and trips to the Emergency Room. How can Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients best protect themselves?

Celebrated the first Monday of September, Labor Day festivities throughout the United States include parades, picnics, barbecues, parties with Friends and Family, and even playing sports. Dr. Jonathan Lawrence (Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital) said, "As the weather's warmer, you'll see more activity-related injuries and traumas associated with activities and that sort of thing, people being outdoors. Whereas you don't necessarily see those sort of things in the winter months." Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should follow the following simple tips for a safe Labor Day Holiday Weekend:

Diet: Those with Chronic Kidney Disease do not have to feel left out of the festivities or develop elaborate Labor Day dishes. Try a few of's favorites:

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  • Substitute High Sodium and Phosphorus bottled Barbecue Sauce with olive oil, Rosemary, tarragon, parsley, basil, thyme, black pepper and/or fresh lemon juice.
  • Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

Driving: Labor Day is one of the highest traffic weekends of the year and one of the deadliest ones as well -- the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that there will be nearly 400 traffic-related fatalities, with 42,300 people seeking medical care for accidents. Hence if you have Dialysis on Labor Day, be very cautious. If you are not feeling well enough to drive immediately after your treatment then consider waiting until you feel better or calling a friend, family member or taxi driver for a ride. 

Traveling: For many patients who are on Dialysis or have had a kidney transplant, the ability to travel is important to their self-esteem and lifestyle. Labor Day is one of the busiest and most traveled holidays.

  • Hand carry essential medical information, your medicines and other medical supplies in case of the unexpected, such as lost luggage.
  • Bring enough of your medications to last for your entire trip, with enough extra to deal with possible emergencies. Also, carry written prescriptions just in case.
  • If you need extra assistance boarding a plane or train, inform personnel when you check in so they can give you special attention.
  • If you are planning to travel by plane or train, make arrangements for any special meals such as Low-Salt, Low-Fat or Diabetic, at the time you make your reservations.
  • When making a hotel reservation, you can request a first-floor room or a handicapped-accessible room, if stairs or distances are a problem.

Recommended Reading: Hidden Dangers For CKD & Dialysis Patients In BBQ Sauce: Here Are Some Safer Alternatives.

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