Kidney Dialysis

Kidney dialysis (hemodialysis) is offered at Wythe County Community Hospital to inpatients who meet certain criteria. It is administered by a trained nurse and under the guidance of nephrologist, Dr. Richard Schluessel.

What is Kidney Dialysis? 

Kidney dialysis is a life-support treatment that uses a special machine to filter harmful wastes, salt, and excess fluid from your blood. This restores the blood to a normal, healthy balance. Dialysis replaces many of the kidney’s important functions. If the kidneys don’t work properly, harmful substances can build up in the body, blood pressure can rise, and too much fluid can collect in the body’s tissues, which leads to swelling called edema. 

There are different types of kidney dialysis, including: 

• Hemodialysis – Blood is filtered using a dialyzer and dialysis machine. 

• Peritoneal Dialysis – Blood is filtered inside the body after the abdomen is filled with a special cleaning solution. 

During hemodialysis, you will be hooked up to a machine that takes over the kidneys’ job of filtering blood. Your blood will flow a little bit at a time through a special filter inside the machine. The filter removes wastes and extra fluids from your blood but retains the proper balance of minerals such as potassium and sodium. Once the blood is cleaned, it is returned to the body. 

During peritoneal dialysis, the blood is cleaned by using the lining of your abdominal area as a filter. This method allows your blood to be cleaned while you sleep, while you work, or while you perform your everyday activities. 

Kidney dialysis is a necessary treatment for people with end-stage kidney disease or permanent kidney failure. You need dialysis if you’ve lost about 85 percent to 90 percent of your kidney function. Temporary dialysis may be needed in some cases. 

Hemodialysis is most commonly used to treat people with end-stage kidney disease. 

Wythe County Community Hospital partnered with Fresenius Medical Care North America, the leading provider of kidney care products, services and renal care company to launch the new inpatient dialysis service line.  

Fresenius Medical Care will allow Wythe County Community Hospital to provide a comprehensive suite of inpatient services that will include:

•Licensed inpatient dialysis nurses and certified technicians
•National policies and procedures and National Quality Assessment and Improvement Program 
•Water treatment standards that meet AAMI guidelines
•Dialysis specific supplies needed to perform treatments

Fresenius Medical Care’s Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Program is a pro-active, systematic process that monitors and improves the quality of patient care as measured by indicators tailored for the inpatient setting.  The QAI Program monitors evaluates and recommends improvement activities focused on relevant indicators that impact patient care and clinical performance.

An interdisciplinary team of licensed and experienced inpatient dialysis nurses and technical staff and other acute dialysis experts designed this program specifically for the unique challenges presented in the inpatient care setting.  

For additional information, contact us at 276.228.0200.