Dialysis at Regency Nursing Centers, NJ
From time to time, we have accepted patients to our facilities who have been recipients of peritoneal dialysis. This is something we are capable of handling and we encourage you to please contact our admissions departments for further information.
What is Peritoneal Dialysis?
From the Mayo Clinic:
More on Peritoneal Dialysis
There are only two absolute contra-indications for peritoneal dialysis – the lack of a functional peritoneal membrane, and the lack of a stable residence. Every other medical or psychosocial contraindication is relative – whether these other conditions, should determine the selection of dialysis modality should be left to the judgment of each individual patient and if appropriate, their family members and/or care-givers under the guidance and support of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
Thus, the overwhelming majority of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease do not have any medical or psycho-social contraindication for peritoneal dialysis. Since there are few therapies that have as profound an impact on a patient’s life-style as dialysis therapy has on patients with end-stage renal disease, it is essential to engage patients to determine which dialysis modality will allow them to lead what they believe to be fulfilling lives.
NxStage Medical, a company based in Lawrence, MA that focuses on hemodialysis equipment, won FDA clearance for its System One to be used by the patients at home and by themselves. This is the first such clearance that gives people with end stage renal disease a new level of independence from clinics and at-home carers. While the system can also be used to dialyze blood while the patient is sleeping, doing so without assistance requires the patient to undergo dialysis while awake.
This new regulatory green light will allow considerably more patients to be eligible for at-home dialysis, something that they’ve been restricted from because of a lack of a care partner that is trained and able to help out with the procedure.
The System One is a portable device that can be placed in a room and used as directed by a physician. Risks are increased when performing hemodialysis alone, so patients should be well trained and ready to seek help if an emergency arises.