Kidney Disease in Canada is Growing
In Canada, over 2.6 million people either have kidney disease or are at risk of developing kidney disease. In British Columbia, one in every ten people are affected by kidney disease, a number that has tripled over the past 20 years. Why is there such a dramatic increase? There has been a steady increase in our aging population, as well as an increase of diseases linked to renal failure, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
How is Kidney failure treated?
Kidney disease treatment for end-of-life kidney failure is treated mainly with dialysis or a kidney transplant. Hemodialysis means “cleaning the blood” and it is done by withdrawing the patients’ blood and passing it through an artificial kidney. Hemodialysis is a life-sustaining therapy treatment. Treatment takes four to five hours and must be done three to four days each week. Dialysis can be done at the hospital, at a community treatment centre, or at home (with peritoneal dialysis). Peritoneal dialysis cleans your blood inside your body using your abdominal cavity as a filter.
Current State of the Kidney Centre at Surrey Memorial Hospital
The Surrey Memorial Hospital Renal Centre looks after the sickest patients in the community who are in need of hemodialysis. Currently, there are 30 dialysis stations in the Renal Centre and it operates at full capacity every day. As it is now, the Unit is unable to accommodate the growing number of patients in need of hemodialysis treatment.
There is also no space for overflow capacity or for training to happen in the Centre. If patients are unable to find placement in the hospital’s dialysis schedule, they will be rerouted to a different hospital or care facility. This is extremely hard on the patient and their caretakers.
What will this expansion bring?
The expansion to the Kidney Centre will increase the number of dialysis stations to 39, allowing us to treat 54 more patients. Increasing the number of stations will help meet the growing need in Surrey for patients with kidney disease and be able to provide immediate space for this life-sustaining therapy. Space for independent modality training will also be added, allowing training for future medical staff.
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