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Dialysis Services at Heritage Health in Pana

The Dorothy Klindworth Dialysis Unit opened at Heritage Health in Pana in 2010. Its purpose is to provide affordable dialysis services to seniors in need. Dorothy was a resident at Heritage Health, who had to travel several times a week for her dialysis treatment. The nursing staff noticed the constant trips to an outpatient facility were creating adverse effects for Dorothy.

Heritage Health now provides this dialysis treatment and support so residents in need do not have to suffer the stress and strain of going to an outpatient facility. Dialysis services are administered by as registered nurse and a dialysis technician who are specially-trained and certified. They administer the treatment with state-of-the-art dialysis equipment and supplies. Residents can remain at home inside Heritage, in a dialysis-only private suite outfitted for their comfort.

What is Dialysis?

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste, toxins and excess fluid from your blood and are a critical part of overall health. When they fail, harmful substances will build up in the body. When your body's kidneys can no longer take care of your body's needs without help, dialysis is necessary. Dialysis will perform vital functions your body needs, but your kidneys can no longer do on their own.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, dialysis keeps your body in balance by:

  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Removing excess salt, waste and water so it doesn't build up in the body
  • Keep certain chemicals in check (ie: sodium and potassium)

Kidney failure is usually permanent, but not always. Acute kidney failure (there are several types) may get better after treatment, meaning dialysis is only needed for a short time. For chronic or end-stage kidney failure, dialysis will be required for the rest of a person's life.

Side Effects of Dialysis in the Elderly

When dialysis is performed correctly, side effects are lessened. However, side effects depend a great deal on the individual health and other medical conditions of each person.

Infection is one of the most common side effects from dialysis, from bacteria entering the body during the process. As a dialysis treatment may be performed multiple times in one day, the risk of infection is heightened. A catheter is inserted internally and externally to allow the dialysis solution to enter and leave the body. The nursing team performing the treatment must wear sterile gloves, wash their hands regularly during the process and perform dialysis in a clean area. When done properly with the right training and equipment, the risk of infection is low.

A hernia may also occur. This is because the internal muscle walls that hold organs in place can be weakened by the insertion of the catheter needed for the treatment.

Weight gain or bloating from the dialysis fluid solution can also occur. This bloated feeling may cause some patients to experience a loss of appetite, therefore affecting their overall nutrition and diet.

Dry, itchy skin is common. Dialysis removes extra water from the body. In addition, fluid intake during treatment is limited, so skin can become dry and itchy. During winter months, this can become more exacerbated due to winter weather. Read our blog about keeping skin healthy during the winter.

Dorothy Klindworth Dialysis Unit

The Dorothy Klindworth Dialysis Unit at Heritage Health in Pana provides full support and treatment for persons receiving dialysis. Services include:

  • Private Suite during treatment
  • Dietary support
  • Dedicated dialysis-certified nursing staff
  • Hemodialysis performed with a dialyzer and dialysis machine

Learn more about the dialysis services available at Heritage Health in Pana by calling us today at (217) 562-2174.
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