March 10 is World Kidney Day, and CCH like to highlight our Dialysis Department and its Team!
Dialysis is a treatment for reduced kidney function often caused by diabetes and high blood pressure.
Dialysis is the process of slowly removing blood from the body and transferring it to a machine called a dialyser or dialysis machine.
The membranes in the dialysis machine filter waste products from the blood, which are passed into the dialysate fluid and then the cleaned or filtered blood is returned to the body.
People requiring dialysis usually come in 3 times a week for 4 hours at a time for their treatment.
The dialysis unit at CCH treats 30 patients a day, 6 days a week, some for years until hopefully a kidney donor is found.
The unit, which is a satellite location of the Ottawa Hospital Dialysis Department, first opened in 2002 and has since had a profound impact in our community, saving local patients thousands of trips to Ottawa for lifesaving treatment.
Pictured here are staff in the Dialysis Unit and Dr. Hesketh, nephrologist (kidney doctor), who comes to CCH 3 times a week to support the team in Cornwall to assess kidney functions.
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