LAFAYETTE, La. - Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis division of Fresenius Medical Care North America and the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, has opened a dialysis center in Lafayette to offer people living with kidney failure more convenient access to quality care as well as the option to do their treatments at home. The center will hire more than 20 healthcare professionals.
Fresenius Medical Care Broussard, LLC which has capacity to treat up to 150 patients a week, opened on 7/5/21.
Additionally, the center includes a new transitional care unit (TCU), a separate space dedicated to onboarding patients new to dialysis during their first weeks of treatment, assisting patients transitioning between modalities, and supporting individuals returning to dialysis from transplant. This setting provides patients both the education and time to choose a therapy best suited for them, and greatly increases the chance that they will select a home therapy.
“We are excited for the opportunity to bring state-of-the-art equipment and the highest quality care to people in Lafayette in need of dialysis,” said Fresenius Kidney Care Clinic Manager, Keisha Bodin. “At Fresenius Kidney Care, we are committed to providing comprehensive care to people living with chronic kidney disease so that our patients can lead fuller lives.”
The new center will expand health services in the community, partnering with Acadiana Renal Physicians. In Louisiana, there are more than 13,600 patients on dialysis.
Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that rids the body of unwanted toxins, waste products, and excess fluids by filtering the blood, essentially replacing some of the lost kidney function. When kidneys fail, they are no longer able to filter the blood. Patients must either receive a kidney transplant, perform their dialysis treatments at home, or receive in center dialysis treatment three times a week.
Many experts agree that home dialysis—either peritoneal or hemodialysis—is the best option aside from transplant for treating kidney failure. Choosing home dialysis can mean fewer food restrictions, greater scheduling flexibility, less frequent transportation challenges, and better outcomes.
“Home dialysis allows patients to receive life-sustaining treatment in the comfort of their homes, on a schedule that works best for their medical and lifestyle priorities,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hymes, Chief Medical Officer for Fresenius Kidney Care. “With the proper education, training, and support, we can help most patients thrive on home dialysis.”
About 1 in 7 adults in the U.S. have chronic kidney disease, with many not detecting the condition until they have lost more than 96 percent of their kidney function. Symptoms and warning signs for late-stage kidney disease include changes in urination, fatigue, swelling in hands or feet, and pain in the small of the back. Physicians recommend that people who are at risk for CKD are screened at least once a year. More than 600,000 Americans live with kidney failure, which requires either a transplant or dialysis to remove waste from the blood, maintain safe levels of potassium and sodium, and control blood pressure.
For more information visit https://www.freseniuskidneycare.com/dialysis-centers/louisiana/4172