"We are committed to providing excellent care and support to all our patients through the latest patient care technology and continuous quality improvement with a focus on superior customer service in a safe, affirming environment," reads the company's mission statement on their website, and once you step inside of their six locations you can see it's true.
Services provided by all of the Chattanooga Kidney Centers located in Chattanooga, Cleveland, and North Georgia include:
- Staff assisted in center hemodialysis.
- Transient dialysis services.
- Evaluation, teaching, and support for home peritoneal dialysis (KCMR and KCC facilities only).
- Back-Up dialysis for home dialysis patients.
- Ongoing patient education in all aspects of ESRD therapy and treatment options.
- Ongoing social services and referrals to appropriate community resources.
- Dietary evaluations and counseling.
- Referrals to transplant programs for those patients interested and considered medically suitable by the medical director.
The process with Chattanooga Kidney Center begins with a referral from your doctor or an initial consultation on the part of the patient. From there, your team will work with you to meet needs in one of the offices or at home, whichever your situation warrants.
For at home treatments, Chattanooga Kidney Center offers two options:
1. Peritoneal Dialysis, which uses the thin membrane, called the peritoneum, lining the abdomen to perform dialysis treatments. During treatments, a cleansing fluid called dialysate is put into the patient's abdomen through a small, flexible tube called a PD catheter. It pulls the waste and extra fluid from the patient's blood into the peritoneal cavity. The dialysate remains in the abdomen for a specified amount of time before it is drained and replaced with fresh dialysate.
2. Home Hemodialysis: Just as it suggests, this is the same procedure performed in the office but at home and by the patients. Patients must be trained by a home dialysis training nurse. Training typically takes four to eight weeks and teaches how to operate the equipment, handle supplies, insert needles, record medical information and disconnect from the machine. A care partner is also trained with you so that he or she can assist you during HHD treatments.
Patients do have to return to the clinic once a month to see the nephrologist, dialysis nurse, and dietitian. A blood sample is tested to ensure the HD treatments are working and to detect any problems, such as anemia or high potassium levels that should be treated.
Chattanooga Kidney Center's staff is also available to help with transient services so that patients can still travel and not have to worry about their needed care. Team members work to help answer your dialysis travel questions, including insurance coverage for treatments; locate a dialysis facility closest to your destination; and above all make your treatment reservations for you.
For those who are new to dialysis, Chattanooga Kidney Center also offers a host of resources to help you on your journey with any additional questions you and your family may have. To learn more, visit ckcdialysis.com to read on or set up a consultation.