St. Bernards Dialysis, a department of St. Bernards Medical Center, provides treatment to dialysis patients with both acute and chronic renal failure problems.
Dialysis does what the kidneys are no longer able to do. Different types of dialysis vary in the way the filtering is done. St. Bernards is one of the few Arkansas healthcare providers offering hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis to kidney disease patients.
Dialysis is primarily used to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function (renal replacement therapy) due to renal failure. Dialysis may be used for very sick patients who have suddenly but temporarily, lost their kidney function (acute renal failure) or for quite stable patients who have permanently lost their kidney function (stage 5 chronic kidney disease).
When healthy, the kidneys maintain the body's internal equilibrium of water and minerals (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfate) and the kidneys remove from the remove from the blood the daily metabolic load of fixed hydrogen ions. The kidneys also function as a part of the endocrine system producing erythropoietin and 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (calcitriol). Dialysis treatments imperfectly replace some of these functions through the diffusion (waste removal) and convection (fluid removal).
All St. Bernards dialysis centers have specially-trained dialysis nurses and technicians who have received intensive training in dialysis techniques, along with social workers and registered dieticians to meet patient needs. Patients receive individualized education based on their specific needs. Dialysis is provided in outpatient, inpatient and home settings.
St Bernards Dialysis Centers are the largest hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis providers in the region. Our dialysis units strive for the safe quality care, in collaboration with our Nephrologists, who are board certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine.
Our dialysis services are offered at the St Bernards Outpatient Dialysis Center Jonesboro, Forrest City, Marked Tree, McCrory, Newport, Paragould, Wynne, and Kennett, Missouri.
Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic services are offered in Jonesboro, Paragould, Pocahontas, and Wynne.