Dialysis is a process of removing waste products and excess fluids from the body, and is vital for the continued health of patients with chronic kidney disease.
We offer Hemodialysis (chronic) and a modalities plan that includes peritoneal dialysis.
The Dietary Services and Social Services department also assists patients with managing their condition through diet and planning.
What Our Patients Say
In the video below, our patient Corey Caldwell talks about his experience receiving treatment at the WHS Dialysis Clinic in Decatur.
Wise Health System provides the latest advancements in dialysis therapy while maintaining our patient-centered focus.
Advanced hemodialysis machines provide ultra pure dialysis, reducing the risk of infection or complications.
A full-time nephrologist oversees our dialysis patients, both in the hospital and in the clinic, ensuring continuity of care. Dr. Aamir Zuberi, Clinic Medical Director makes clinic rounds once a week; whereas, many nephrologists make rounds only twice a month.
Low Staff-to-Patient Ratio
Our staffing ratio also is better than the industry standard, which means patients receive personalized care from our specially-trained nursing staff.
Your comfort is a top priority at our dialysis clinics. Our patients are part of our extended family, and we want to make sure they are comfortable and feel at home during their stay. We understand the difficulties, discomfort and time associated with dialysis treatment so we aim to make your treatment sessions as convenient and worry-free as possible. Our dialysis stations include the following amenities:
- Flat-screen TV’s with cable or satellite television and headphones
- Wireless internet
- Warming blankets and pillows
In addition to outpatient hemodialysis, Wise Health System also offers peritoneal dialysis to qualified patients. This process allows patients to perform dialysis at home using their body’s own membranes to filter their blood and remove excess fluids.
Patients undergo a procedure to place a catheter through the abdominal wall. After the catheter site is healed, patients will be able to fill the abdominal cavity with dialysis solution, allowing the body’s membranes to filter waste and fluids from the blood into the solution. The solution is then drained from the body. This process needs to be completed every day. Some patients are able to undergo treatment overnight, while they sleep, others complete treatment in four, 30-minute sessions throughout the day.
Peritoneal dialysis patients will need to visit the clinic for follow-ups twice a month.
There are several advantages and disadvantages to peritoneal dialysis compared to the more traditional outpatient hemodialysis:
- A more flexible and independent lifestyle
- Fewer trips to the clinic/doctor
- Can provide continuous therapy, which is more like your natural kidneys
- Portable therapy is easier for travel
- Need to schedule into your routine seven days a week
- Requires a permanent catheter (typically in the abdomen)
- Some risk of infection
- Must be committed to self-care