Patients with end-stage renal disease can benefit from Dialysis Services at St. Nicholas Hospital. Individuals who do not yet require dialysis treatment are eligible for "pre-teaching," which assists patients and their families with treatment choices. Twelve hemodialysis stations are available weekdays and Saturdays as well as some evenings for patients requiring dialysis treatments. A physician and nurse are available for emergency treatments outside of the regularly scheduled hours.
Fistula and peritoneal catheter placement is done on an outpatient basis and training for continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis and continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis is given to patients who have shown a desire and aptitude to learn home dialysis. In addition to treating its local dialysis patients, Dialysis Services provide transient dialysis treatment to people traveling through the area. All patients are evaluated for eligibility for a kidney transplant.
A highly skilled team of registered nurses provides care and education for dialysis patients. A registered dietitian assesses and personalizes nutritional plans, and social services staff provides assistance for home healthcare needs and/or financial concerns. The staff is assisted by nephrologists and internists with special training in the care of patients with end-stage renal disease.
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) 920-451-7398
Medical Director: Walter F. Piering, MD, The Medical College of Wisconsin
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