Kidney disease can be caused by a number of factors, including diabetes, high blood pressure and family history. Chronic kidney disease or kidney failure may be treated with dialysis. Guthrie's experienced team of nephrologists, nursing personnel, social workers and dieticians is dedicated to treating patients with kidney disease. Guthrie dialysis services are provided at Robert Packer Hospital's Paul Gerry Dialysis Center, the only dialysis center in the region that offers home hemodialysis.
Hemodialysis is a filtering method that removes bodily salts and fluids when the kidneys can no longer do the job adequately, and is typically performed by specialized nurses. Patients will often be on a strict diet and medication regime. Hemodialysis can be delivered in a hospital or home setting. Robert Packer Hospital is the only dialysis center in the region to provide home hemodialysis.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD), is another filtering method used to remove bodily salts and fluids. PD works differently than hemodialysis and may be done at home, or may require visits to a dialysis center. Patients receiving PD are not required to follow the medication regime or adhere to the strict diet necessary with hemodialysis.