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New Dialysis Equipment at St. Anthony

Thursday, 27 January 2011

St. Anthony recently installed all new dialysis machines to better serve patients who undergo the lifesaving treatment. Hemodialysis is a medical procedure that cleans the impurities from the blood and removes unwanted fluid when the kidneys have lost the ability to properly function on their own. Once the blood has been filtered and fluid removed by dialysis, the blood is returned to the patient’s bloodstream. Dialysis treatments allow individuals to live productive and useful lives, even though their kidneys no longer work adequately.

Fifteen state-of-the-art dialysis machines were purchased and installed to provide treatment for the 36 patients currently receiving treatment at St. Anthony. The unit currently operates three shifts of twelve patients each, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each patient receives a treatment that can last from 3 to 4 ½ hours. Preparation to put the new machines into use took nearly two weeks and included processes to flush, sterilize and complete cultures to assure infection control prior to the first use. The staff of dialysis nurses also received special training on the new technology before beginning treatments.

St. Anthony recognized a need for dialysis services nearly 20 years ago. The service was established so that patients and family members wouldn’t need to make the trip to Des Moines or Omaha for treatment. “The number of patients we serve continues to grow, in part because of earlier diagnosis of kidney disease.” said Lynn Riesenberg, dialysis director.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401