The Division of Nephrology at Washington health care is committed to minimizing the negative impact of kidney disease through early detection. Once a patient has been diagnosed with kidney disease, we offer a variety of treatment options working in collaboration with our endocrinology department. We provide diagnosis confirmation and advice to the primary care physicians of patients in the early stages of the disease. Diet modifications and medication are important tools in fighting kidney disease. In many cases, patients who manage their health well can slow the advancement of kidney disease, and in some cases, stop it from progressing to end-stage kidney disease or kidney failure Our team also prepares patients for dialysis and transplantation if the disease progresses.
For those patients who experience end-stage renal failure, we anticipate the progression of their disease as much as possible and help them make appropriate decisions about every step of their care. When appropriate, we also administer dialysis Services as well. As patients with kidney failure progress, we can give them the peace of mind of having access to specialist treatment from the same caregivers who have helped them since they were diagnosed.
Dialysis is a mechanical process that performs the work of healthy kidneys. Hemodialysis uses a human-made membrane (dialyzer) to remove wastes and extra fluid from the blood. It also restores the proper balance of certain minerals in the blood (electrolytes). Before dialysis can begin, the doctor has to create a dialysis access.
In hemodialysis, the access is the place where the dialysis needles are inserted, to carry the blood to and from the dialysis machine. For one type of access, the doctor builds a connection, called a fistula, between an artery and a vein in the forearm. Sometimes a plastic tube (central vascular access device) is placed in the neck, chest, or arm.
We provide Dialysis Service Monday To Saturday at all working hours
• The unit has 10 hemodialysis machines that function in conformity with the International Society of Nephrology Standards.
• The Department has an extra hemodialysis in the Intensive Care Unit.