Acute Dialysis Services
Licking Memorial Health Systems is pleased to announce our inpatient hemodialysis services are provided by DaVita Dialysis. DaVita is one of the largest dialysis providers in the United States. DaVita focuses on regulatory compliance and best practices, which is consistent with our Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) mission and commitment to patient safety. Our inpatient suite is located on the fourth floor of the Hospital and can accommodate up to four patients at any one time. Acute hemodialysis can also be performed at bedside in the Intensive Care Unit for those critically ill patients who cannot leave the ICU for treatment. DaVita provides 24-hour, daily coverage for inpatient services.
Please forward any questions or concerns to the following numbers:
LMH Dialysis Suite:
LMH Dialysis Administrator:
Kristine Blust, R.N., M.S.N.
Hemodialysis is the more common form of dialysis. It removes extra fluids, chemicals and waste from your body by filtering the blood through a specialized dialysis machine. The blood is pumped out of the body, then through a filter and back into the body. Most patients have an "access" implanted in the arm or chest. However, temporary access lines also can be placed to allow for hemodialysis treatment. Our DaVita nurses are familiar with the use and care of both implanted access devices and temporary access devices.
Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdominal cavity to clean waste from the blood. The abdominal (peritoneal) cavity is filled with dialysis solution via a catheter that is placed in the lower abdomen. The dialysis solution is allowed to sit, or "dwell," for a period of time. During this time, toxins and excess fluid are drawn out of the bloodstream and into the solution. This solution is then drained out of the abdomen and replaced with fresh fluid. The most common form of peritoneal dialysis is called Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis. Again, our DaVita nurses and LMH nurses are familiar with this type of dialysis and are able to provide this service to any patient requiring treatment.
A Multidisciplinary Team
In addition to the nephrologists, DaVita nurses and LMH nurses, our multidisciplinary teams consist of dietitians, social workers and case management staff to provide patients with the medical care, education and support they need.