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DaVita's Accredited Treatment Options Specialize in the Complex Care of Kidney Patients

Whether treating a patient with acute renal failure or end stage renal disease (ESRD), DaVita® nurses are trained and specialized in numerous inpatient dialysis therapies.

DaVita delivers 24-hour acute kidney care and apheresis services in more than 900 hospitals nationwide, providing more than 1 million treatments in 2012 alone.

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When you partner with DaVita, your hospital is supported by a full range of Joint Commission-accredited inpatient kidney care services:

Visit our Joint Commission Accreditation page to learn how DaVita’s accredited services and industry-leading quality benchmarks can help improve the quality of care your patients receive.


DaVita nurses administer acute hemodialysis to chronic ESRD patients as well as patients who are hospitalized with acute renal failure. Hemodialysis requires that blood leave the patient's body through an access to be filtered and then returned to the body. Some dialysis patients will have a permanent vascular access, while others will have a temporary catheter.

DaVita has hemodialysis machines on-site; machines can be brought to the patient's bedside, or the patient can be transferred to a designated treatment area. An acute registered nurse will set up the dialysis machine and administer dialysis to the patient, as well as provide education about dialysis to the patient and his or her family members. Once the four- to five-hour hemodialysis treatment is complete, the patient is brought back to his or her room or the DaVita nurse will remove the dialysis machine from the patient's room.

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Peritoneal Dialysis

DaVita nurses administer acute peritoneal dialysis (PD) to current dialysis patients as well as patients who are hospitalized with newly diagnosed kidney failure. A catheter is placed in the peritoneal cavity so that dialysate (dialysis solution) can enter the peritoneum. The peritoneum's semi-permeable membrane around the peritoneal cavity filters fluid and wastes. After the prescribed duration, the dialysate is removed from the cavity and replaced with fresh dialysate.

There are two ways to perform PD:

  • Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) is performed by manually filling and draining the peritoneal cavity.
  • Continuous cycler peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) is performed using a dialysis machine called a cycler, usually during the night while the patient sleeps.

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Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is performed by DaVita nurses in hospitals and other healthcare facilities over a 24-hour period. This slower form of dialysis is gentler on the patient's body and works continuously, much like a functioning kidney.

DaVita has dialysis machines on-site that are brought to the patient's bedside. A DaVita registered nurse will set up the dialysis machine, initiate treatment and discontinue the therapy once complete. The hospital ICU nurses are trained to monitor the treatment to the patient with DaVita providing 24-hour assistance as needed.

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If apheresis is prescribed, DaVita nurses administer the extracorporeal therapy to remove the patient's blood and separate out certain components.

DaVita has machines on-site that are brought to the patient's bedside or a designated area. A DaVita registered nurse will set up the machine and oversee required treatment to the patient. In addition to providing treatment, the DaVita nurse will educate patients and their family members about apheresis.

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