Dialysis Patient Emergency Hotlines
Being prepared for emergencies is a serious matter for dialysis or kidney transplant patients. If you are not able to reach your dialysis facility during an emergency, use these resources. Patient Emergency Hotlines DaVita: (800) 400-8331 Fresenius: (800) 626-1297 DCI: (866)424-1990 ARA: (888) 8806867 Satellite: (800) 367-8292 SAMHSA - Disaster Distress Helpline: (800) 985-5990 US Renal Care: (866) 671-8772 Veteran Disaster Relief Hotline: (800) 507-4571
Having a Baby on Dialysis | Renal Support Network
Having a baby while on dialysis; what to expect, and what you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy, happy bundle of joy.
Nesting at Dialysis | Renal Support Network
Dialysis is an unrelenting process. I undergo treatments three days a week for hours at a time. During my 20 years on dialysis, I discovered the importance of comfort while undergoing treatment. I learned to “nest.” Nest? What do I mean by that? Think about a dialysis center. It is usually a large room with …
Thrive on Home Hemodialysis | Renal Support Network
Dr. Dinesh Chatoth, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Fresenius Kidney Care, details the many benefits of home hemodialysis, such as increased survival rates and fewer restrictions on diet and liquids.
Working on Dialysis | Renal Support Network
Remaining employed while enduring a chronic illness can increase one’s confidence and enhance their quality of life. So how do you keep your job once you learn that you have kidney disease or need to start dialysis? For eight years, Rachel Wright managed to attend school and later work full-time while on in-center dialysis. Listen …
The Emotional Ride of a Young Mother on Dialysis | Renal Support Network
A few months ago, I sat at a desk, opposite my doctor in his private office as we spent the better part of an hour discussing my options for dialysis. He felt strongly that in-home peritoneal dialysis would be the least invasive and most effective treatment for me and told me what would be required …
Thriving on Dialysis | Renal Support Network
Katherine Soto has been on dialysis for 20 years. She decided early on that she would dialyze to live, not live to dialyze. Katherine’s kidney journey started at the age of 2 with kidney reflux. She experienced many infections and ended up with a urostomy at the age of 12. Katherine shares with RSN what …
What My Patients Have Taught Me About Thriving | Renal Support Network
One of my great joys as a physician has been learning from my patients. Patients with kidney disease face varied and unique challenges; some are life-changing. Considering such challenges, how do they continue thriving in life? I’ve asked our patients at Fresenius Kidney Care this fundamental question, and learned a lot from them over several …
14 Ways to Win the Waiting Game | Renal Support Network
Improving and enhancing human lives is the main mission of social workers, and waiting is a reality of life. But the reality is, waiting is a bigger part of life for dialysis patients. We work with dialysis patients. It is our mission to help them not only cope but thrive. We truly succeed when we …
It's Hot, Drink Not | Renal Support Network
Ahh… summer’s here! Does it make you long for a tall glass of tea or lemonade with lots of ice cubes? You envision the condensation on the outside of the glass, and you can almost hear the ice cubes clink as you head for the refrigerator. Whoa! Stop right there! What about your fluid restriction? …
Blood Stream Infection Prevention | Renal Support Network
I have been a vascular surgeon for over 30 years and have treated many people who require a dialysis access to receive life-saving treatment. For people receiving dialysis, an infection is the second leading cause of death. People who undergo dialysis are at a higher risk of getting an infection because of the need to …
The Benefits of Home Dialysis | Renal Support Network
The benefits of home dialysis include fewer diet/loquid restrictions, improved quality of sleep, reduced sleep apnea and improved restless leg syndrome. Learn if this be the right option for you.
What's in the Dialysis Bundle? | Renal Support Network
The “Dialysis Bundle” includes the dialysis treatment, laboratory tests, supplies, all injectable drugs, biologicals and their oral equivalent, and services provided for the dialysis treatment. Here's an easy to follow list of everything included in the bundle and what' not in the bundle.
Kidney Community Emergency Response
An emergency can arise in so many ways, and if you are on dialysis you need to know what to do. Joan Thomas is the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program Director of the ESRD National Coordinating Center, and works with communities to provide dialysis if a center isn’t operational. She explains what people on dialysis need to know and have on hand, and the different communication and dietary strategies that ensure optimal health and survival if a disaster strikes.
Fluid Control For Energy to Live Full Life | Renal Support Network
Fluid control tips from someone with 20 years on dialysis. Susie Gonzalez learned how to control her fluid intake to maintain a good quality of life.