After suffering a descending dissecting aneurysm, Mason Burdette was told he needed dialysis. Mason said he felt his life was turned upside down. But when he started regular treatment sessions at a DaVita center in northern California, his outlook about dialysis changed. Learn more about Mason and why he is happy to be care for by this DaVita healthcare team.Learn More »
On her first day of dialysis, Stella Odie-Ali didn't know what to expect. Yet what she found was a DaVita healthcare team who made her health their priority. Read more of Stella's first day at her DaVita dialysis center.Learn More »
Gregory Ridgeway has always had an eye for improving things. He has a thriving window washing and building repair business and one of his accounts is DaVita centers. But keeping the centers looking nice on the outside isn’t the only way Gregory’s affiliated with DaVita—he also has been dialyzing there for more than a decade.Learn More »
Nurses make a tremendous contribution in caring for dialysis patients. Examine the many responsibilities of the nephrology nurse and read about the topics you may want to ask your nurse in regards to your care.Learn More »
“We're not the food police!” exclaims one DaVita dietitian. Okay, then: what exactly is a renal dietitian, what do renal dietitians do and why would they have a law enforcement-type reputation? Learn more about the important role that renal dietitians play in the lives of in-center dialysis patients.Learn More »
Reuse technicians are people at a dialysis center who clean and sterilize dialyzers. A dialyzer is a filter that cleans the blood of excess fluid and waste. It is sometimes called the artificial kidney. Learn more about the important role a reuse technician plays at the dialysis center.Learn More »
Patient care technicians (PCTs) ensure the comfort and safety of the patients in the dialysis center. They monitor the patients before, during and after dialysis treatment. PCTs are well-trained individuals who are committed to providing quality care for their patients. Learn more about PCTs.Learn More »
A nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in the study of kidneys and the diseases and conditions that can affect the kidneys. This area of study is called nephrology. Learn the vital role a nephrologist plays in your kidney care.Learn More »
The biomedical technician is responsible for maintaining and repairing all dialysis machines, water treatment equipment and reuse equipment at a facility, and ensures these systems are running properly and the equipment is working according to strict specifications. Learn more about the important role of biomed techs at the dialysis center.Learn More »
A renal social worker is a support person for patients both before and after they start dialysis. Social workers are highly educated and trained to help patients and their families by providing support in all areas of their lives including: emotional, financial, career, lifestyle adjustment and more. Learn more about a social worker's role in the dialysis center.Learn More »
The facility administrator (FA) at a dialysis center is the person who manages the entire center. The FA is responsible for all aspects of a center’s operation and is a problem solver for any issues that may arise. Learn more about the role of FAs and why they are important to the dialysis center.Learn More »
For about four hours, three days a week, a hemodialysis patient sits next to a dialysis machine. Have you ever wondered what it was doing? DaVita bio-med technician, Joe S., wants help you understand a little more about how a dialysis machine works.Learn More »
Your first day of dialysis can be a bit scary if you don’t know exactly what will happen. When you walk into your dialysis center for the first time, it may make you feel more comfortable if you know what to expect from your dialysis treatment and your health care team. Calm your nerves by learning what you can generally expect on your first day of treatment.Learn More »
Hemodialysis is a treatment for end stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, in which blood is removed from the body, filtered through an artificial kidney and then the cleaned blood is returned to the body. In the United States, hemodialysis is the most common treatment for people who have kidney failure. Learn how hemodialysis works and the advantages and disadvantages of this renal replacement therapy.Learn More »
What is in-center hemodialysis? How does in-center hemodialysis work? You may be wondering some of these things when you're researching your treatment options. Get your questions answered and more in this in-center hemodialysis overview.Learn More »
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