DCI Uconn Dialysis is clinicially affiliated with the Uconn John Dempsey hospital. The clinic opened in 1999 and has 20 stations. The clinic also has a home dialysis program for both home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
Our staff take pride in delivering quality care. We operate under the mission, “We are a non-profit service organization. The care of the patient is our reason for existence.” You can take comfort knowing that our medical staff are board certified physicians and our clinical RN staff have over 96 years of combined nephrology nursing experience.
Andre Kaplan, M.D.
Mary Jane Bautista-Valerio
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.