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Renal Dialysis

Internet References

Patient Education Handouts

Your Kidneys and How they Work from the NIH, National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
from the National Kidney Foundation
Drugs and Your Kidneys from the National Kidney Foundation
Kidney Stones from the National Kidney Foundation
Nutrition and Diet from the National Kidney Foundation
In the News
In-home dialysis machines are convenient and may keep patients healthier
Many renal specialists are increasingly supporting the use of in-home dialysis machines. In addition to possibly being healthier for patients, the machines are much more convenient for the 400,000 Americans with failed kidneys who often find it hard to go to dialysis centers three times a week for the process. Growing research, although preliminary, suggests daily hemodialysis may keep patients healthier. The National Institutes of Health is set to begin a major study this fall. Read more from the National Kidney Foundation
Video Tutorials
Kidney Failure, Kidney Stones and IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram) The National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health provides an extensive list of available videos that are excellent patient education resources.
Financial Assistance for Treatment of Kidney Failure
Financial Help for Treatment of Kidney Failure
Locate a Dialysis Facility and Compare to Others in the Area
Medicare - Dialysis Facility Compare Website This website provides important information and resources for patients and family members who want to learn more about chronic kidney disease and dialysis. Look at the information on Dialysis Facility Compare carefully. Use it with other information as you compare facilities and decide where to get dialysis. You should also: visit facilities that interest you, talk to dialysis facility staff and patients, talk to your doctor and, contact kidney disease groups below.
Local Organizations in the Tampa Bay Area, Florida

Pinellas County Chapter, American Kidney Foundation
(727)-447-4687, 4920 Locust Street, NE, Apt. 112, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Refers kidney patients to proper facilities and doctors.

Florida Medical Quality ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) Network
Refers kidney patients to proper facilities and doctors.

American Association of Kidney Patients

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Kidney Disease Education Program
Emergency Preparedness for People with Kidney Disease
--Written by N Thompson, ARNP in collaboration with M Thompson, MD, Internal Medicine, June 2004, Updated June 2005

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