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People with diabetes recently won a small victory in the area of being allowed to keep medical supplies and food with them at concert venues operated by SFX Entertainment. In June, the Department of Justice settled a lawsuit with SFX over the issue of diabetes supplies at its concert venues.
A patient of mine recently had difficulties with security guards at a major sports event here in Minnesota. They wanted him to take off his OmniPod insulin pump in order to check it over prior to letting him enter. The OmniPod can't be removed while the individual is wearing it. If the pod is removed, the same pod can't be re-worn. An individual removing a pod would need to replace the pod with a new pod and fill the new pod with insulin in order to continue receiving insulin. A type 1 diabetic without insulin is at risk for developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) — a life-threatening condition. I'm sure the guard was just trying to do his job and didn't know what he was asking, but this incident reveals the continuing need to educate the pubic about this disease.
In Minnesota, state law allows individuals to obtain a special meal exemption card, signed by a physician, which enables those requiring a special diet to bring outside food and drink into a public facility. The card is valid for 5 years and can be used at auditoriums, concert halls, sports stadiums, sports arenas and theaters. Public facilities may limit the amount of food and drink and the size of the containers.
Does your state or country have laws allowing people on special diets to bring food into a public facility?
What kind of issues have you run up against by bringing food into public places?
Have a great week!
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Fair enough. Thanks, Nancy
Hi Nancy....I agreed with your well written comments, with one exception. It is not our obligation to raise public awareness about the needs of diabetics to prevent this from happening. It is the obligation of the venue to provide enough training for their security personel make reasonable exceptions to the rules that they enforce. This is why most venues hire security companies rather than attempt to provide their own security training.
I'm very surprised that a state law requiring a diabetic to obtain any state card indicating that they are a diabetic and in need of reasonable accomodation in a public venue is not superseded by federal law, specifically, the Americans with Disabilities Act. For example, if you showed up with a dog that you claimed was a service dog, you do not need to offer any proof that the dog is a service dog. The venue is only allowed to ask if you are disabled (with no medical reference to your disability), if the animal assists you with your disability and how he does this. The animal needs to have had some training in performing his task, but there is no "Certification" of the animal's abilities, only the need that he received some training. There are penalties for misrepresenting an animal as a service dog. This refusal to allow you to bring in food is nothing but thinly veiled beaurocratic foolishinss to insure that people pay for the overpriced, junk food that they offer at such venues. I would ask to speak with the guard's supervisor, and call the 800 number for the department of labor on the spot if they refuse admission. Most likely, your tax dollars helped to build the venue that you are being refused admission to based on a reasonable need.
I don't know of any laws in PA. My first thought is government is going to restrict what we are eating. Why don't they start with the fast food places. I am constantly telling women in http://360menopause.com to eat clean. This will help them feel a 100% better. P
I don't know the laws in Arizona (I doubt there are any), but I check the venue's web site for specific restrictions. If there are any, I call ahead. If I forget to call ahead, venues I've been to have been great. I only go to music or theater events, and so I don't have any experience in Arizona at sporting events.
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