Kidney dialysis patients often have other health problems that require
hospitalization. During this time, their regular program of dialysis must
Iredell Memorial specializes in hemodialysis which is the process of cleansing
one's blood through the use of a hemodialyzer or "artificial
kidney". Although not a cure for kidney failure, dialysis treatment
performs functions typically done by a healthy kidney. Dialysis helps
to keep one's body in balance by removing waste, salt and extra water
from building up. Other benefits include the regulation of chemicals in
the body and controlling the patient's blood pressure.
Iredell Memorial offers hemodialysis services to inpatients at the hands
of specially trained registered nurses under the supervision of a Nephrologist
(a physician who specializes in diseases of the kidney). The dialysis
department has four Certified Dialysis Nurses (CDN) and two Certified
Nephrology Nurses (CNN). Both certifications require the applicant to
complete two years of previous experience, numerous education hours and
testing to obtain credentialing.