Kidney dialysis patients often have other health problems that require hospitalization. During this time, their regular program of dialysis must be continued.
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.
Lithotripsy is a medical procedure used to treat kidney stones. It may also be used to treat stones in other organs, such as the gallbladder or the liver. Kidney stones are collections of solid minerals that sometimes form in the kidneys. Healthy kidneys do not have these stonelike formations. Most stones pass out of the body naturally during urination.
A mobile lithotripsy unit provides patients with a local site for the removal of kidney stones through nonsurgical means.
Patients are prepared for, and recover from, lithotripsy in our Outpatient Surgery Department.