Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Education
For CKD Stage 4 patients, our office nurse practitioner and physician assistants can provide chronic kidney education (CKD) when your physician makes a referral. CKD education sessions consist of a series of educational sessions that can help patients enhance their health by making informed choices. There are a series of six workshops that begin with an introductory overview and then a series of detailed educational modules follow. These sessions are designed for patients with CKD stage 4 and offer an excellent opportunity to learn about CKD, its complications, co-morbidities, and treatment options. Family members and significant others may also benefit from attending and supporting the CKD patient.
Medical Nutritional Counseling
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.
For more information click: The National Kidney Foundation