Living with diabetes blog

Blog: Concert venues and diabetes

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N. September 9, 2009

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!

Regards,

Nancy

Sep. 09, 2009