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U.S. Kidney Dialysis Community Responds to Haiti's Emergency Plea for Life-Saving Dialysis Care
Date:1/17/2010

roviding emergency care on the ground; Amgen has donated $2 million toward relief efforts; and Baxter Healthcare has donated $1 million.

Not only has the quake disrupted the administration of dialysis treatments for Haitians with kidney failure, there are also an unknown number of injured quake victims who have lost kidney function due to their injuries who now need emergency dialysis care.  For those without kidney function, a dialysis machine serves as the body's cleansing function.  This critical process involves specialized equipment to circulate and cleanse the blood as well as on-site medical personnel to administer the treatment.  If only a few treatments are missed, people with kidney failure can die.

KCP members are working collaboratively through the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) coalition, federal authorities and emergency response teams to:

  •  Provide dialysis equipment, medication and other medical supplies necessary for administering dialysis;
  •  Provide nurses and physicians on location to provide dialysis to those in need;
  •  Identify alternate dialysis locations for those displaced from damaged dialysis centers and hospitals;
  •  Spread the word about the availability and location of emergency dialysis care;
  •  Arrange transportation to emergency dialysis facilities within Haiti as well as in the neighboring Dominican Republic, Florida and Puerto Rico for patients and clinicians; and,
  • Assist established dialysis centers in neighboring countries to care for any influx of Haitian refugees in need of treatment.

"Because dialysis treatments are essential to a patient's survival, our community's efforts hopefully will make a difference for the citizens of H
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