Rhode Island Hospital’s Outpatient Dialysis Program

Rhode Island Hospital’s Outpatient Dialysis Program


The essence of dialysis really is filtering
the blood, getting waste products that the kidneys are not normally able to get rid out
of the blood because those waste products build up and make people very ill. People
with kidney failure have, as a big problem, a lack of ability to get rid of the waste
products that we all generate, everyday in the course of normal living. When those waste
products build up, people can get ill and we need to get rid of them in some way. So,
dialysis involves a system where fluid runs through a filter, runs past patients’ blood,
and substances in the blood, that are dangerous or hazardous, got transferred from the blood
into this fluid, which is flowing past the blood and then get excreted. Dialysis in the
state continues to make a tremendous difference for the lives of about a thousand people in
our state who have chronic kidney disease. We started our program in 2009, October 2009,
and we currently have about 85 patients in both centers, with the center on Chapman Street
and our center right her in East Providence. It’s our presence on the East Bay, so we hope
to make that easy for our patients who live in the East Bay and in southeastern Massachusetts,
as well to use this facility. People shouldn’t have difficulty getting here or parking here.
It’s a beautiful, beautiful facility, as you can see here. It’s nice and airy and light.
Gets lots of natural light in, which I think makes people, uh, makes people feel better.
And again, here, we offer in center dialysis and offer the opportunity for patients to
choose the other types if dialysis, as well, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis
by using our facility at Chapman Street at the same time. We have 12 bays here in East
Providence and in Chapman Street, we have 18 bays. At Chapman Street, we offer dialysis
till about 10 o’clock at night for people who will go to school, people who work during
the day. So about one third of the patients get dial is starting at about 5 o’clock at
night and go to about 10:00 at night, as well. We have televisions available. Patients have
cable. They can look at television during the treatment. This is Wi-Fi accessible, so
that people can bring their laptops in, surf the internet, do email through their work,
etc. when they’re here. The cartridges that we use, which are right here, are made of
material that actually is much more compatible with patient’s blood so people don’t get reactions
to it. The machines allow a very rapid blood flow, so that makes the treatment very efficient
and can sometimes shorten the treatment. The dialysate, which is specially processed water
that we use that the patient’s waste products go into and the patient’s are exposed to,
is now very very closely monitored, kept bacteria free. The machines, themselves, are automated
and can pick up any problems that may occur during the dialysis treatment. The machines
don’t let us take too much fluid off, for example. They closely monitor that and the
machines kind of serve as a medical record to also tell us about how the treatment’s
been going. We have a multidisciplinary approach her and many people are involved in a patient’s
care. The most important, by far and away, is the patient, him or herself, who sits absolutely
at the center of our care plans and of our care, surrounding the patient, our physicians,
and nephrologists, interventional radiologists, transplant surgeons, general surgeons, trained
specialized nephrology nurses, dialysis technicians, social workers, and dieticians, who have a
special training and expertise and the care of people with kidney disease. But again,
the most important member of that team, by far, is the patient.

2 thoughts on “Rhode Island Hospital’s Outpatient Dialysis Program”

  1. iam a anesthesia technician i wana job in this hospital please help me if some one have any information about job there

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