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RE: [IPk] Fw: Travel Tips
>For some reason, the attachment has not been forwarded with your message.
>Can you try again?
That won't work, as we intentionally strip off all attached documents to
protect people from viruses etc.
But I found this doc on the MiniMed website, which may be what Morag was
This is the text from the document:
(I would like to emphasise the importance of taking DOUBLE what you think
you will need by way of diabetes supplies!)
Travel Tips --Be Prepared!
With the recent upgrading of security measures at airports in the United
States and around the world, planning now plays a more important role than
ever. While people with diabetes fear that tightened security means that
their syringes, lancets or insulin will be confiscated, this doesn't have
to be the case.
To help make your travel as stress-free as possible, Medtronic MiniMed
recommends that you revisit the latest recommendations of the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA),
available at www.diabetes.org. Be advised that FAA security measures apply
to travel within the 50 United States only and that the FAA's policy and
the policy of each airline is subject to change.
The following is a summary of the most recent recommendations (as of 10/18/01):
* Passengers should consult their individual air carrier for both domestic
(US) and international travel regulations. Arrive well in advance of the
airline's suggested departure check-in time.
* According to the current FAA rules, prescriptions and doctor's letters
will no longer be sufficient proof of medical necessity. However, Medtronic
MiniMed recommends as an extra precaution, you carry a doctor's letter and
prescription on office letterhead in case rules change or if it may be
required for international travel.
* Insulin & Other Medications:
- In order to board with syringes and other insulin delivery devices, you
must produce an insulin vial with a professional, pharmaceutical,
pre-printed label that clearly identifies the medication. No exceptions
will be made. If the prescription is located on the outside of the box that
the insulin comes in, you should carry that as well.
- Never store insulin in checked luggage, because it may be exposed to
extreme (often freezing) temperatures, which can change its effectiveness.
- Glucagon: Carry your glucagon in its original, pharmaceutically labeled
container or box.
* Diabetes Supplies:
- Bring more than enough supplies to cover you on your trip. Don't assume
you'll have access to a pharmacy.
- Lancets: Boarding with lancets will be allowed as long as the lancets are
capped and they are carried along with a glucose meter with the
manufacturer's name embossed on the meter.
- Metal detectors will not harm your pump, and pumps usually will not
trigger metal detectors.
- Always carry all medications (especially insulin and glucose tablets),
snacks and supplies in your carry on luggage. This can be a critical if
your luggage is lost, your flight is delayed or if you are otherwise
separated from your checked luggage for an extended period.
- Test your blood glucose more often. Blood glucose levels can change due
to stress, illness or changes in activity or eating while traveling.
- Wear or carry a medical ID indicating you have diabetes. - Make sure you
get up and walk the aisles during long flights to help encourage good
circulation and drink water to avoid dehydration.
If you should have problems or difficulty when trying to pass through
airport security, ask to speak with the FAA ground security commissioner or
the international equivalent. They should be able to assist you. In
addition, the ADA asks that you contact them at 703-549-1500 x-2108 so that
they may be kept informed of airline protocols and security measures.
Supplies Needed While Traveling:
Important note: Pack at least double the amount of supplies you think
* Extra insulin (remember an extra prescription in case your luggage gets
lost or if your insulin becomes denatured)
* Pump supplies and batteries--(not all U.S. Medtronic MiniMed supplies are
available in other countries)
* Your pump manual and log book with basal rates.
* Syringes for injections
* Blood-glucose meter, test strips and lancets
* Ketone strips
* Glucagon Emergency Kit(R) (your travel companions should carry the kit,
and know when and how to use it)
* Carbohydrate for low blood glucose treatment and at least one day's
supply of food, e.g., nutrition bars, which are easy to carry.
* Medication for diarrhea and nausea
Medtronic MiniMed Support Outside the U.S. Before you travel abroad, make
certain you have the direct phone numbers to Medtronic MiniMed because the
800 number cannot work outside of the United States:
* General phone number: 818-362-5958
* 24-hour helpline: 818-576-5555 Medtronic MiniMed has offices worldwide
and can assist you in locating an endocrinologist internationally.
* See www.minimed.com for sample Letter to Be Carried While Traveling.
* See the book Optimal Pumping for more helpful tips that will keep you
prepared for traveling and for every day. Available at our online store,
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