Its purpose is to provide the most effective and efficient healthcare possible to meet physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients undergoing hemodialysis. The center has 17 hemodialysis stations and services 35 to 40 patients a day, six days a week.
The Center for Kidney Diseases (CKD) is situated at the second floor, Wing B, Private Division of the USTH. It has a floor area of 294.46 square meters. It consists of the following rooms: regular machine ward, hepatitis B cubicle, hepatitis C cubicle, one (1) private cubicle, CKD head office, nurse’s room, conference room, water treatment room, dialyzer cleaning room and a stock room for materials and equipment.
The CKD, which caters out patients as well as all charity and private patients, has an average of 35-40 patients per day and 150 number of procedures per week. Fifteen patients can be accommodated per session with three sessions in a day. Each patient has an attending nephrologists duly affiliated with the hospital.
Type Of Unit
The center provides renal replacement therapies, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis to patients with renal failure. It has 17 hemodialysis machines which are assigned as follows: 12 machines for regular (non-hepatitis) patients, (one of which is for emergency dialysis and the other is for back up machine), two (2) machines for hepatitis B patients, two (2) machines for hepatitis C patients and one (1) machine for emergency procedures. It also provides pulse therapy and other procedures given to hemodialysis patients, such as blood transfusion, catheter care and administration of intravenous medication.
Hours Of Operation
The unit is open Mondays thru Saturdays, 6:00AM to 10:00 PM. In cases of emergency, the unit may also be opened at any time beyond its regular operating hours.
Utilization of the Area
The duration of a regular hemodialysis session is 4-5 hours, during which they are hooked to the machine via a vascular access. A nephrologists and/or nephrology fellow evaluates the patients during the procedure for any medical problem. A nurse is assigned to monitor vital signs and to carry out physician orders. A hemodialysis technician takes care of the mechanical aspect of the procedure. After the session, the patient is unhooked from the hemodialysis machine and is discharged unless complication/s occur for which he may be admitted directly to the ward after being evaluated by the attending nephrologists or nephrology fellow.