Perry County Dialysis Center is a joint venture of Perry County Health System and Fresenius Medical Care. Our services include both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Our staff is comprised of on-site registered nurses, patient care technicians, a dietician and a social worker.
The role of your kidneys includes:
- Clearing waste products and excess fluid from your body.
- Regulating blood pressure.
- Regulating fluid and electrolytes.
- Stimulating the production of red blood cells.
When your kidneys are not functioning properly, dialysis treatments may be used. Dialysis is a mechanical filtering process used to cleanse the blood of waste products, draw off excess fluids and regulate body chemistry. However, dialysis is only one part of the treatment for kidney failure. The patient also needs to follow a special diet and take prescribed medications to help make up for the loss of kidney function.
One of our services is hemodialysis, a lifesaving treatment. This is the process of removing toxins and excess fluid from the blood and tissues by continually circulating the blood through a filter, known as a dialyzer or artificial kidney. Patients on hemodialysis can have a great quality of life if they follow their restrictions as prescribed, come to their treatments and take their medications as directed by their physician.
Peritoneal dialysis differs from hemodialysis in that patients give themselves the treatments after completing extensive training at the dialysis center. Peritoneal dialysis uses a membrane inside your body as a filter to clear wastes and extra fluid while regulating electrolyte levels. The whole process is referred to as an exchange.
Both treatments are offered at Perry County Dialysis Center, as well as educational classes. Specifically, we offer a class that will prepare you for treatment options when you are approaching end stage renal disease.