CKD Educator to Serve Public at DCI West Plains
West Plains, MO (May 22, 2012) Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) West Plains has a Registered Nurse serving as a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) educator. The CKD educator is available, free of charge, to people in the West Plains community who have been diagnosed with kidney disease. The CKD educator will provide informational classes to people in the early stages of kidney failure before dialysis is required.
“Kidney failure is not an all-at-once development, it generally happens in stages” explains Amber Stone, RN, CKD educator. “It’s well established that diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure, but many patients with those illnesses either don’t know they have them, or don’t understand how they contribute to loss of kidney function,” Stone said.
The CKD educator role is an attempt to reach out to the community, to identify patients who might be in the early stages of kidney failure, and to educate them on steps they can take to slow down progression toward total kidney failure and the requirement for renal dialysis.
Stone used the option for a kidney transplant as an example of a treatment option very dependent on patient education, awareness of their disease, and successful self-care.
“For someone approaching total loss of kidney function, a kidney transplant has long been recognized as the best option, but the very limited supply of donor kidneys means that those donor kidneys available only go to patients who are the best prospects for a successful outcome. That generally means that patients who are the most educated about kidney disease, and that do the best job of taking care of their health, are the patients most likely to be considered for a transplant”, Stone explained. “And even if a patient is not a transplant candidate, there are still lots of steps than can be taken to either slow down the progression of the disease or to increase that patient’s success and quality of life once they do progress to dialysis.”
Stone said she will be employing a number of strategies for increasing awareness about kidney disease and how best to slow its progression, including educating through the public media, health fairs, outreach to civic and social groups, and especially working with physicians and other caregivers to stress early detection and patient support. Questions about kidney failure can be directed to Amber Stone at the DCI dialysis clinic (417) 257-1683 or emailed to her at Amber.Stone@dciinc.org.