Nephrology Nurse Week Spotlights Healthcare Heroes
September 18, 2015
Huron, S.D. – Huron Regional Medical Center will join the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association in a nationwide celebration honoring nephrology nurses during “Nephrology Nurses Week,” September 13-19, 2015.
Nephrology nurses care for patients with kidney disease and provide lifesaving care each day. To honor their passion and commitment, the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (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 chronic Dialysis Unit at HRMC in 1972. That care continues today, performing an average of 250 dialysis treatments per month. Dialysis is life sustaining—with treatments generally occurring three times a week for about 3 to 4 hours per 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 them if they are sick in the hospital or need to have surgery.”
About 20 million Americans suffer from kidney disease. Of those patients, more 400,000 experience kidney failure. The rising number of people with kidney disease 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.
For more information about HRMC’s dialysis service, call 605-353-6518 or visit www.huronregional.org. For more information about ANNA and Nephrology Nurse Week, visit www.annanurse.org/NNW.
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