Nephrology Nurse Week Spotlights Critical Care for Dialysis Patients
September 14, 2017
Huron, S.D. – Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) will join the American Nephrology Nurses Association in a nationwide celebration honoring nephrology nurses during “Nephrology Nurses Week,” September 10-16, 2017.
Nephrology nurses care for patients with kidney disease and provide lifesaving care each day. To honor their passion and commitment, ANNA has designated the second full week in September each year as Nephrology Nurses Week.
Nephrology nurses use their vision, knowledge, and skills to take action and improve patient outcomes. They make a positive difference in the lives of patients and their families every day. Caring for kidney patients requires nurses to be highly skilled, well educated, and motivated, and nephrology nurses cite the variety and challenges of the specialty as fueling their ongoing passion.
HRMC is a pioneer in the care of kidney failure patients by establishing a Dialysis Unit in 1972. That care continues today, performing an average of 200 dialysis treatments each month. Dialysis is life sustaining – with treatments generally occurring three times a week for 3-to-4-hours each treatment.
“It is unusual to have a hospital-based dialysis unit in a smaller, rural hospital like ours. We are thankful to have the dialysis unit so our patients do not have to drive far for this life saving treatment,” said Cathy Perry RN, BSN, director of dialysis at HRMC. “Being hospital-based also allows us to continue to care for our dialysis patients if they are sick in our hospital or need to have surgery at HRMC.”
About 20 million Americans suffer from kidney disease. Of those patients, over 400,000 experience kidney failure. The rising number of people with kidney disease, many of whom are minorities, is in part attributed to the country’s obesity epidemic, an alarming trend that has led to more cases of diabetes and high blood pressure. Both of these diseases are major contributors to kidney failure.
More information about the work of nephrology nurses and the Nephrology Nurses Week celebration is available at www.annanurse.org/NNW. For more information about HRMC’s dialysis service, call 605-353-6518 or visit www.huronregional.org.
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