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Heart Month

The term heart disease covers a range of conditions that affect the health of your heart and cardiovascular system. Our kidneys and our cardiovascular systems are closely linked. Kidneys rely on the heart to pump blood properly, so the kidneys can clean the blood and get rid of things our bodies don’t need like extra waste and water. Read More…

What to Know About Missing Dialysis Treatments

Weather can be a challenge when it comes to making it to a dialysis treatment. If weather prevents a patient from making it to a treatment, their care team implements a plan to manage and monitor their health until they can receive a treatment and additional follow up care. Read More…

Tender for New Dialysis Unit at Health Sciences Centre

Plans for a new 22-bed dialysis unit at Health Sciences Centre are moving forward. The Manitoba Government announced the project today as the tender process begins. Read More…

Manitoba has the Highest Rates of Kidney Disease in Canada

Newly released national data shows Manitoba leads the country in rates of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).

The December 2018 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Canadian Organ Replacement Register (CORR) report outlines the state of organ transplants and kidney failure in Canada. The 2018 report features data from 2008 to 2017 but excludes Quebec data due to under reporting in 2011 and 2017.

According to the report, Manitoba had the highest rate per million population (RPMP) for ESKD. The average RPMP for ESKD in Canada is 1371.5 while Manitoba’s rate is 24 per cent higher at 1703.9. 

The CORR report indicates the number of Canadians living with ESKD (including those on dialysis or with a functioning transplant) has increased by 35 percent over the last 10 years.

When looking at dialysis alone, the number of Canadians on dialysis has grown by 30 percent since 2008. In that same period of time, the number of people on dialysis in Manitoba has grown by 45 per cent.

Today more than 1,700 Manitobans complete about 320,000 dialysis treatments annually both at home and in dialysis units.



Manitoba has improved when it comes to the number of late referrals for ESKD. Late referrals are patients who start dialysis within 90 days of seeing a kidney doctor. Manitoba had the second lowest rate in 2017 at 20 per cent while the Canadian average was 25 per cent. This was also Manitoba’s lowest percentage of late referrals since 2008.



The 2018 CORR report shows diabetes continuing to be the leading cause of ESKD in Manitoba. Nationally, about 30 per cent of all patients’ ESKD was caused by diabetes while in Manitoba that rate is 43 per cent. The majority of Manitoba patients living with ESKD are between the ages of 45 and 64 – this age group represents 43 per cent of the ESKD patient population. An additional 37 per cent of Manitoba patients are aged 65 and over.



Manitoba is one of two provinces leading the country in the use of home hemodialysis at a rate of 3.3 per cent, while the Canadian average is 2.7 per cent. About 12 per cent of Manitoba patients use peritoneal dialysis which is on par with the national average of 11.7 per cent.



The report also shows that 1,339 kidney transplants were performed in Canada in 2017. While the rate of deceased kidney donation has increased 51 per cent during the last 10 years, living kidney donation has decreased by 11 per cent. More than 1,600 Canadians are actively waiting for a kidney transplant while an additional 1,000 people are in line for a kidney transplant once they are medically cleared to proceed.



Canadian Institute for Health Information Canadian CORR Annual Statistics 2018

20 Years of Manitoba Renal Program

Manitoba Renal Program 2017 – 2018 Year in Review

Kidney Disease in Manitoba

Transplant Manitoba


Brandon Expands Dialysis Services

Brandon Regional Health Centre announced the expansion of its dialysis services on December 17. Alongside its hemodialysis unit, the centre will now offer home peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis training and support for patients in the region.

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen helped announce the new programs.

“Right now, people have to travel or temporarily relocate to Winnipeg for home dialysis training and receive ongoing support from care teams in Winnipeg,” said Friesen.

“Providing more options for dialysis closer to home means patients can manage their own care and undertake their dialysis treatment without coming into the hospital or travelling long distances.”

The province is investing more than $500,000 annually to support the expansion, which will make home dialysis training and ongoing support more accessible for patients in the region.

The home peritoneal dialysis program, which launched this fall, will initially accommodate up to 14 patients. The home hemodialysis program, which will launch in 2019, will initially accommodate up to six patients.

“We are very excited to announce that we will be offering home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis in Brandon, says Brandon nephrologist Dr. Sushil Ratnaparkhe. “This will allow patients in western Manitoba to perform dialysis at home and alleviate the burdens of travel for care.”

Nearly 400 people across Manitoba currently utilize home dialysis.

“There are many benefits for patients who are able to receive dialysis at home, including more independence, less travel, fewer hospitalizations, less exposure to infection and fewer dietary restrictions,” says Manitoba Renal Program Medical Director, Dr. Mauro Verrelli.

“It’s a way for people to live with kidney failure, stay out of a hospital and remain within their communities and at home with their families.

BRHC also announced its move to operate in-unit hemodialysis seven days a week. The unit, which previously operated six days a week, now operates daily which adds capacity for additional dialysis patients. The change took place in fall 2018 and did not require any additional equipment or beds.

During 2018, Manitoba has seen increases in the need for hemodialysis particularly in urban centres. BRHC’s hemodialysis unit supports life-saving dialysis treatment for up to 114 dialysis patients. Apart from daily support for chronic hemodialysis patients, the unit starts new patients on dialysis, provides emergency dialysis and provides dialysis for hospitalized patients or patients visiting Brandon for specialized medical care.

Most in-unit hemodialysis patients require 12 hours of dialysis over the course of three treatments every week. On average, BRHC provides more than 340 in-unit dialysis treatments every week which is nearly 1,400 hours of hemodialysis.

There are currently more than 1,700 people with kidney failure receiving life-saving dialysis treatment in Manitoba. An additional 5,495 people in Manitoba are being treated for chronic kidney disease.

Read more:

News Release: Manitoba Government

Learn about peritoneal dialysis

Learn about home hemodialysis