DCI University of Florida Home Program

Address

3750 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL, 32606

 

About our clinic

Our home therapy unit is a partnership with the University of Florida. We are proud to serve the ESRD community in Gainesville! Go Gators!

 

Contact Info

Phone: (352) 377-6790
Email: information@dciinc.org

 

Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Ages Served

Adult

 

Special Needs Accommodations

ADA

 

Languages Spoken

Access to interpreter

 

Public Transportation

Conveniently located near bus lines

 

Internet Access

Free wi-fi access for patients

About Our Staff:

The clinical staff has extensive experience in caring for patients with ESRD..

Ashutosh Shukla

Medical Director

Dwight Morgan

Area Operations Director

Michelle Thomas

Nurse Manager

Wesley Barnes

PD and Home Hemo Nurse

TBA

Social Worker

Isabel Valentin-Oquendo

Dietitian
Services offered
Peritoneal Dialysis

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

Our clinic is proud to offer training in home hemodialysis. Home hemodialysis is a treatment option in which you and a trained partner can perform your hemodialysis treatments in the comfort of your own home. Home hemodialysis requires that you and your partner (usually a family member or close friend) complete a training course. At first, you and your partner will learn how to do the treatments in the clinic while working with a dialysis nurse. The length of training will vary for each patient, partner and dialysis facility. Training sessions (where you will complete your actual dialysis treatment while training) usually last four to five hours a day, three to four days per week for three to eight weeks. The education program will teach you and your partner all the necessary skills to dialyze safely at home. You will learn how to troubleshoot problems and how to properly manage emergencies. You will also be taught how to order your supplies. The equipment and supplies are delivered directly to you. The staff is available to answer you hone calls 24 hours a day. Home hemodialysis treatments allow for flexibility in the time of day you complete your treatment. Some types of home dialysis therapy can be done at night while you sleep. Even though you are completing all of your treatments at home, you will still need to travel to your clinic or nephrologist’s office once a month for blood work and for an assessment of your condition. Home hemodialysis is currently available in selected areas. If you are interested in home dialysis, please call our office to learn more about the next training session.