Dial­y­sis unit cel­e­brates 15 years of ser­vice

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

The Corn­wall Gen­eral Hospi­tal has marked the 15th an­niver­sary of op­er­at­ing its Ot­tawa Hospi­tal satel­lite dial­y­sis unit.

The ser­vice has been pro­vided by the same staff since it be­gan with nine dial­y­sis sta­tions in Septem­ber of 2002.

Krista St. Jean, a reg­is­tered nurse, is one of them. “To­day, we are able to see in­pa­tients who may re­quire emer­gency dial­y­sis af­ter surgery or a stroke. This is one of the ben­e­fits of hav­ing all of our hospi­tal ser­vices on one site,” she ex­plains. Other changes over the years in­clude a com­pletely ren­o­vated unit as part of the re­de­vel­op­ment project in 2014 and an in­crease in sta­tions from nine to 15. The dial­y­sis unit treats 30 pa­tients a day, six days a week, some for years, un­til hope­fully a kid­ney donor is found. “The im­pact of hav­ing a lo­cal dial­y­sis unit is pro­found for our com­mu­nity; we’ve saved hun­dreds if not thou­sands of trips to Ot­tawa since we’ve opened,” says Ms. St. Jean.

The most re­cent change is a new nephrol­o­gist, Dr. Caitlin Hes­keth. “I am pleased to sup­port the team here in Corn­wall by com­ing on site three days a week to as­sess any kid­ney con­di­tions, not only here in the dial­y­sis unit, but through­out the hospi­tal,” she com­ments.

Dial­y­sis is a treat­ment for re­duced kid­ney func­tion of­ten caused by di­a­betes and high blood pres­sure. The process slowly removes blood from the body and trans­fers it to a machine called a dial­yser or dial­y­sis machine.

The mem­branes in the machine fil­ter waste prod­ucts from the blood, which are passed into the dialysate fluid and then re­turned to the body. Pa­tients usu­ally come in for treat­ment three times a week for four hours at a time.

Dr. Caitlin Hes­keth

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