Advocacy for Better Dialysis
Were YOU Home for the holidays?
Fresenius noted in December that the holidays—always a stressful time—could be calmer with home dialysis! The "Home for the Holidays" campaign notes that dialyzing in the comfort of your own home, getting to eat and drink more of what you love, and lower blood pressure are all benefits of home treatments. "We believe that every patient who wants to dialyze at home should be given that option," says Keith Lester, VP of Home Therapies.
Working reduces depression, boosts financial security—and is supported by home dialysis
DaVita had a press release picked up by the Wall Street Journal in December on this very important topic and their social media strategy for spreading the word! Find out the scoop about this win-win for people on dialysis and the clinics that take care of them.
Watch a new home dialysis slide show—and sign up for a meeting!
NxStage has put together a new video slide show on short daily HD, and will be doing 50 meetings around the US to talk about home HD. Maybe one is near you. If you just want to sign up for a meeting, go here: http://ww2.nxstage.com/PT027_NxStageMeetings.html
You won't believe how this UK clinic makes self-cannulation easier!
Liverpool Hospital has a $20,000 portable ultrasound machine that home HD patients can check out and take home! With ultrasound, it's easier to see a fistula or graft and put in the needles. Imagine doing that in the US!
Where can you find a 5-Diamond patient safety program on Buttonhole cannulation? (We'll tell you!)
ESRD Networks 1 and 5 launched a 5-Diamond safety program for ESRD in 2008, which has been endorsed by the American Nephrology Nurses' Association, the Renal Physician's Association, and the National Renal Administrator's Association. A new module covers use of the Buttonhole (Constant Site Cannulation) technique, and you can find it here.
What does NxStage believe is harming home HD in the US?
In a recent press release picked up by the Wall Street Journal, NxStage announced that it sent comments to CMS to ask for an increase in the home HD training payment. At just $33.44 per session, the current amount does not come close to covering the costs of having a nurse teach a patient and family member.