VISITORS

DIALYSIS OF TRANSIENT PATIENTS AT THE SELF CARE DIALYSIS UNITS.

February 2017

1. The self care unit may provide transient dialysis for one or two patients per week, depending on the availability of space.

2. It is not necessary for patients to be self care trained.

3. All patients must be stable on dialysis and have no health problems which could lead to complications during treatment.

4. The University Health Network (UHN) will provide medical coverage for transients to the Sussex Centre. The Doctors will be notified by E mail, of the patient’s schedule and if the patient requires medical care, information will be faxed to the office.

5. The University Health Network (UHN) will provide medical coverage and backup dialysis in the event that it is not appropriate for the patient to have treatment at the Sussex Centre.

6. Visiting patients are expected to remain adherent to fluid and diet restrictions. The patient may be asked to return to their home unit, if non adherent to fluids and \or diet.

 

TRAVELLING PATIENT INFORMATION

SUSSEX CENTRE SELF CARE DIALYSIS UNIT

HOURS OF OPERATION :

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Saturday - 8 AM to 8 PM.
Visiting patients will arrive for dialysis at the time specified by the Clinical Coordinator.

DIALYSIS FOR VISITORS :

Arrangements may be made for Canadian patients visiting the Mississauga area to have dialysis at the Sussex Centre. Advance notice of 30 days is requested.

PARKING :

Parking for dialysis patients is available underground and is free for the first 3 hours. If you are in the building longer than 3 hours there is a fee of $1.00 per half hour. You must bring your parking ticket to the unit to have it stamped, to entitle you to the free parking. Access to the visitor’s underground parking is the first entrance on Enfield Place. Please see accompanying map. The dialysis unit is located on the second floor of 90 Burnhamthorpe Road, in Suite 208.

If you are entering the building from street level, enter the Kariya Street entrance. Take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor.

MEDICAL CARE :

Patients are selected for transient dialysis at this site based on their medical stability, and their willingness to remain compliant with fluid and dietary restrictions. As no physicians are on site, these criteria are to be strictly adhered to, thus ensuring quality patient care and patient satisfaction in this out of hospital setting. The unit is wheelchair accessible, but patients who require wheelchair assistance must be able to transfer themselves to a dialysis chair.


If there is an urgent medical problem, patients must go to the Credit Valley Hospital emergency or the nearest emergency department.

If a patient is assessed by the nurses at the Sussex Centre, as medically unstable, a Dr. at UHN will be consulted. If the problem is such that the patient needs dialysis as soon as possible, he/she will be dialyzed at UHN, otherwise the patient will be asked to return home.

Drugs are not available in the unit. Patients are to bring their own medications. If EPO, and/or Calcijex are required during the visit, the patient must bring these as well. The self care unit does not administer IV Iron.

NURSING CARE :

Care is provided by Registered Nurses. A minimum of two nurses will be on site at all times. This is a self care setting, but full nursing care will be provided to transient patients.


PATIENT RESPONSIBILITIES :

If feeling unwell while on dialysis, report condition to the nurses in the unit. If necessary, they will contact the Dr. at UHN.

If after hours and medical care is required, report to the closest Emergency Department, or to Credit Valley Hospital Emergency. If you are experiencing chest pain, or have symptoms that require immediate medical attention, go to the nearest Emergency department. If it is a dialysis related problem, such as a clotted graft, go to Credit Valley Hospital. If unable to dialyse at the Sussex Centre due to illness, please inform the unit as soon as possible. Patients must arrive on time for scheduled treatments.

TECHNICAL :

Renal technologists maintain and repair the water treatment system and all dialysis related equipment.


ENVIRONMENT :

The unit is a smoke free environment.

A colour T.V. with VCR and a phone are available at each station.

Nourishment and meals are not provided at the self care unit. Patients are welcome to bring prepared food with them. Coffee and tea are available. A refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave are available. It is expected, that everyone clean up after themselves.

Patient's visitors are welcome, but at times may be restricted at the discretion of the nursing staff. Children must be accompanied by an adult, other than the patient.