Advance Care Planning

2024-03-28T20:59:22-04:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Lifestyle, The Kidney Citizen|Tags: |

By David Mahoney, MD As a member of Dialysis Patient Citizens, you have chosen to become involved, speak up for what is important to you and take charge of the management of your health. Dialysis modality, diet, medications, exercise, management of your other health-related issues, all require your informed decision-making and action. But despite this high level of involvement in their health care, few dialysis patients have addressed the issue of advance care planning. “I don’t want to talk about that now.” “That’s for sick people, and I am doing well.” “That really scares me.” “I am NOT ready to talk [...]

National Healthcare Decision Day

2024-03-28T21:00:28-04:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: eNews|Tags: |

A medical crisis, a severe accident, or an incapacitating illness can happen at any time, at any age, to any person. Do you know what kind of medical treatment you want if you can no longer make your own decisions or tell others what you want? Does your family know? Does your doctor and healthcare team know? We are encouraged to use the week of Monday, April 16th as the starting point to make plans about what healthcare decisions we want for our future medical care and treatment if we can no longer speak for ourselves. Besides knowing what choices we [...]

Report Focuses on Quality of End-Of-Life Care

2024-03-28T21:05:19-04:00February 26th, 2016|Categories: eNews, Treatment|Tags: |

While it is hard to think about, advanced care planning is beneficial to family members and caregivers when a health crisis arises. A recent report suggests that the type of hospice care a patient receives until his or her death influences the family’s opinion on the quality of that care. Researchers surveyed more than 1100 family members of older patients who died from lung or colorectal cancer and found that family members were more likely to rate end-of-life care higher based on three factors: care lasting more than three days, avoidance of admission into the intensive care unit of a hospital [...]

What Is Advance Care Planning And Why Is It Important For Dialysis Patients?

2024-03-28T21:05:23-04:00February 24th, 2016|Categories: eNews, Fact Sheet, Treatment|Tags: |

By Dr. Prayus Tailor, Nephrology Associates I am a nephrologist. About five years ago, my father had a sudden cardiac arrest in front of me. I was able to quickly initiate CPR. By the time the ambulance arrived, he had regained consciousness. He lived for another two years, but unfortunately became critically ill after developing leukemia. An infection had overtaken his body. He was then in the intensive care unit (ICU) on multiple antibiotics and drugs to treat the infection and keep his blood pressure up so that his organs could continue to get blood flow. His kidneys started failing quickly. [...]

What is Palliative Care?

2024-03-28T21:06:49-04:00March 8th, 2013|Categories: eNews, Treatment|Tags: |

Palliative care is a pretty encompassing term. The World Health Organization defines it is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness. It accomplishes this through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. When thinking about palliative care: provides relief from pain and other related symptoms affirms life and regards dying as a process of life intends neither to hasten or postpone death integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care offers a support system [...]

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