UPMC in Central Pa. is the only health system that offers a dedicated Dialysis Access Center.
With one phone call, the staff at UPMC in Central Pa. can schedule a dialysis access procedure at our dedicated Dialysis Access Center. We offer a full range of dialysis access services, including:
If you are receiving dialysis, our specially trained nurse navigators will coordinate your care between your nephrologist, dialysis center, and the operating room to eliminate delays in your treatment and provide exceptional, personalized care. Because we have all records related to your dialysis access history, we can develop the best plan of care for you and eliminate potential complications.
Dialysis access provides a direct pathway to your bloodstream that allows for the delivery of medication or use of devices, such as a dialysis machine, for an extended period of time.
During dialysis, for example, your blood circulates through a machine that works in place of your kidneys to control blood pressure and remove waste, salt, and excess water. For your blood to travel to the dialysis machine, a dialysis access point is created in your body through minor surgery. There are several types of dialysis access, including:
There are several types of dialysis access procedures. Your surgeon will recommend the dialysis access procedure that is right for you after reviewing your health history and treatment plan.
At UPMC in Central Pa., dialysis access procedures are performed at UPMC Community Osteopathic, a Magnet-designated hospital located across the parking lot from the Dialysis Access Center.
No matter which type of dialysis access procedure your surgeon performs, it is important to keep the dialysis access point healthy and clean. Even so, sometimes clots or infection can develop. When this happens, the site needs to be re-opened immediately. By keeping your dialysis access site healthy, you can avoid problems such as missed dialysis treatments and hospitalizations.
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