The Dialysis Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital offers outpatient dialysis options for individuals with chronic kidney disease. Our on-site location offers patients the advantage of services and security provided at a hospital, with access to the Lab, Radiology and a variety of other medical appointments. The clinic consists of our:
The renal team for both units consists of nephrologists, nurses, patient-care technicians, dietitians, social workers and assistants to aid in all components of an individual’s care.
No, that is one of the benefits of coming to the clinic. Our experienced staff will completely manage your care, which includes the set up of your machine, initiation and maintenance of treatment and break down of machine.
Yes, and we encourage patients to do so. It works best if you inform the social worker about a month before you plan to travel, and they will locate a dialysis unit closest to your destinations address. We have even had patients travel internationally!
The hemodialysis schedule is split up by days and times. There is a first, second and third shift on either a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday schedule. The first shift starts anywhere between 5:30 and 6 am, the second shift starts anywhere from 9 to 11 am and the third shift starts anywhere from 1 to 3 pm.
We now offer a nocturnal shift where patients dialyze while they sleep; with the shift beginning at 7 pm and ending at 3 am.
It all depends on the patient. It could take as little as a couple of weeks to as long as a few months. The training is tailored to the patients comfort level, and even when trained, should any questions arise, there is always a nurse on-call.
You could have someone there to assist in the exchanges, but they are simple enough to be able to manage on your own.
Of course, and it is actually recommended. There may be a charge associated to traveling outside of the US, but for travel within the US the supply company can send your supplies to your vacation location. They will just need three weeks notice.
The only thing you will need to bring with you is the cycler itself, and we will provide you with travel case and a letter to bring with you to the airport, so that the cycler can be brought with you on the plane.
Most patients are still able to work while doing Peritoneal Dialysis. CCPD offers patients flexibility throughout the day by dialyzing overnight. PD allows patients to keep a more active lifestyle and maintain their independence.
Swimming in the ocean or in private pools is fine, however swimming in lakes, ponds or public pools is not.
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