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New dialysis unit for Six Nations
06-01-2010, 03:01 AM
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New dialysis unit for Six Nations
June 01, 2010

The Hamilton Spectator


A new dialysis unit that officially opens on Six Nations reserve today has put an end to long commutes for people in treatment.

The clinic is a dream come true for people on the reserve where diabetes is a major problem and where people have been driving one hour or more to get to dialysis clinics in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Brantford.

Located in the reserve's White Pines Wellness Centre, the unit will cut the drive time for many patients to five or 10 minutes.

The unit has been open for one month now, but the official opening is scheduled for today.

"I visited there today and talked to all the patients and they were 100 per cent satisfied," said Dr. Euan Carlisle, head of the service, department of nephrology at St. Joseph's Healthcare. "You don't hear that from everyone often."

Carlisle said 75 per cent of dialysis patients never get a transplant so quality of life is important while they're using dialysis.

The 12-station dialysis satellite unit has state-of-the-art medical equipment and is part of the Chronic Kidney Disease Regional Program at St. Joseph's Healthcare. The unit's $1.3-million operational budget is being funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

The dialysis unit is critical to Six Nations, because studies show diabetes is three to five times higher among the Aboriginal population than the general population.

Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure. When the kidneys fail, hemodialysis is needed to filter the blood in order to remove waste and excess body fluid. Diabetes is also associated with aging, so the demand for services is expected to rise as the population ages, said Winnie Doyle, vice-president for the clinical program at St. Joseph's.

Karen Best, communication officer for Six Nations, said 12 people are receiving dialysis treatments at the clinic, which is open three days a week. If funding is secured to open full time, they could be treating as many as 48, Best said.

The satellite dialysis unit is also open to patients who do not live on the reserve.

Nocturnal Home Haemodialysis
http://www.nocturnaldialysis.org/
Canadian Kidney Connection
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Ontario Renal Community
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/grou...2892555522
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06-01-2010, 10:00 AM
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RE: New dialysis unit for Six Nations
That's good news, as sadly diabetes runs rampant in the reserves.
The elimination of long commutes will benefit patients greatly and
reduce stress. A solution in time had to be found, as the article
mentions not many are fortunate to recieve a kidney, so they
rely on dialysis for many years.

~The most important things in the world
were accomplished by people who have
kept on trying when there seemed to be
no hope left~
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