Kidney Disease Education
Education is a key component of kidney care for patients and their families. We offer one-on-one, interactive educational sessions in our Patient Education Center. Patients and their family members connect with one of our nurse practitioners or physician assistants who provide customized kidney disease education and discussion of individual health care needs. Our providers listen and answer questions to support the patient and seek to optimize kidney functioning as much as possible throughout life. Family members, significant others and/or caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend education sessions with our patients. Please ask your physician, provider or call our office for more information.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical nutritional counseling is available when your physician makes a referral. Eating right for kidney health is very important, and our services help provide education and support for patients with chronic kidney disease, diabetes and other medical conditions. Eating right includes making food choices to effectively manage your salt and sodium intake, the appropriate type and amount of protein in your diet, and intake of heart healthy foods. Reading and understanding food labels is an effective tool to help establish and maintain a healthy diet. Learning to select food to effectively manage the protein and potassium levels in your body is also part of an ongoing plan to help manage chronic kidney disease and enhance overall health and well-being.
Anemia and Iron Clinic
Anemia is a common problem in patients with chronic kidney disease. Most patients who develop chronic kidney disease will become anemic at some point and may require a medication called Aranesp. Aranesp is a subcutaneous injection given every 2 weeks or monthly in our office to help the body produce red blood cells. Your physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner will tell you at what point you may need to start Aranesp therapy. Patients are followed closely by the nurses in the clinic and doses are given appropriately based on patients’ hemoglobin levels.
If you have any question about anemia or feel that maybe you should be on this medication, please talk to your physician or nurse practitioner regarding this.
Another part of chronic kidney disease care relates to iron levels in the body. Your provider may refer you to our iron clinic in order to maintain iron levels. Our nurses administer a drug called Venofer, to stabilize iron levels in the body through intravenous infusion.
Blood Pressure and Patient Teaching RN Visits
IV Infusion Services
For more information click: The National Kidney Foundation