Patients admitted to St. Elias Specialty Hospital are frequently in need of Renal Dialysis. This may be due to a temporary condition or due to chronic kidney failure. Hemodialysis is when blood is circulated along specialized membranes for several hours with a dialysis machine controlling the speed. This process removes undesirable electrolytes, fluid and waste products from the patient’s blood. The patient’s “cleaned” blood is returned to the patient’s body.
Dialysis is performed as necessary in our state of the art dialysis suite. Additionally, for patients who are ventilator dependent or too medically complex, in-room dialysis is available. The number of treatments and the length of the treatment depends upon the doctor’s (Nephrologist) orders. The dialysis unit at St. Elias is overseen by a staff Nephrologist and is managed by a specialized team of nurses and technicians. In addition, the hospital has on-sight laboratory services to determine blood chemistries and blood count.
There is also a highly trained support staff skilled in the care of AV fistulas and catheters used for dialysis access. We also have a physician to place these items at St. Elias.