Carondelet opened in 1985 as an 8 station hemodialysis unit in the basement of a medical building. In-center hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis were offered at that time. In the ensuing years, DCI Carondelet is now a 36 station outpatient facility, offering in-center hemodialysis, nocturnal in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialyisis, nocturnal home hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis. In addition we serve three area hospitals performing acute dialysis.
Carondelet is well known for it’s Thanksgiving Feasts. DCI provides turkeys, which staff prepare along with all the trimmings. Patients, along with a guest, are invited to sit and dine after treatment. Our staff serves the patients in the conference room and waiting room. If the patient is unable to stay and dine with us, we even have take home available.
Our Outreach Program serves all metro residents, offering multiple screenings throughout the community at least once a month.
Our in-center clinical staff have over 67 years experience caring for people with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Our home staff has 28 years experience. Our staff serving the hospitals (acute staff) have over 118 years experience and are all certified nephrology nurses (CNNs).
Gerald Reid, M.D.
In-center hemodialysis is performed at a dialysis facility. Hemodialysis treatments are scheduled three times a week. The length of the treatment is prescribed by a physician and generally lasts 4 hours. To start treatment, specially trained nurses and dialysis technicians insert two needles, connected to dialysis tubing, into a person’s access (usually in the arm) to circulate the blood out of the body, through the tubing, into the dialysis machine to remove the excess fluid and waste, and then back into the person’s body. Nurses and technicians are always there watching and monitoring the treatment.
Peritoneal dialysis, or PD, is a daily treatment. PD is a procedure that removes wastes, chemicals and extra fluid from your body. This type of dialysis uses the peritoneal membrane, the thin, natural lining of your abdomen, to filter your blood. The peritoneal membrane acts as the artificial kidney. Although it is there to protect your organs, it has many tiny holes, or pores, in it that can be used to filter waste products and other chemicals from your blood. To prepare for PD, a surgeon places a permanent tube called a catheter into the lower abdomen to carry solution in and out of the abdomen. The sugar in the solution, called dextrose, draws wastes, chemicals and extra fluid from your blood through the peritoneal membrane and into the dialysate solution that is in your abdomen. After several hours, the used solution is drained from your abdomen through the catheter and into an empty bag. Your abdomen is then refilled with fresh dialysate and the cycle is repeated. Each cycle of draining used dialysate and refilling with fresh dialysate is called an exchange. There are two common types of PD: Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD).
Home hemodialysis is where a dialysis patient and a trained partner can perform hemodialysis treatments in the comfort of the patient’s home. Home hemodialysis requires the completion of a training course with a dialysis nurse teaching the necessary skills to dialyze safely at home. The equipment and supplies are delivered directly to the patient’s home. The staff is available to answer phone calls 24 hours a day. Home hemodialysis treatments allow for flexibility in the time of day a patient completes treatment.
Nocturnal dialysis is a treatment option for patients who choose to dialyze at night over a time period of about eight hours while they sleep. The treatment is usually prescribed three times a week. Because nocturnal dialysis is performed over a longer period of time and at a slower blood flow rate, patients do not usually experience complications such as low blood pressure and muscle cramping. The additional time on dialysis allows for better fluid and waste removal. Patients may even be able to decrease or discontinue some of their medications. Patients who have chosen nocturnal dialysis report that they feel healthier. If you are interested in this option, consult with your physician.