March 12, 2020 |
What do I need to know?
If you have kidney disease, you are at a higher risk of getting an infection. Chronic kidney disease or kidney failure can lead to a weaker immune system. The information in this hand out can help you manage the risk of COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
I don’t have any flu-like symptoms. Can I still come to appointments at my renal/dialysis unit?
All renal/dialysis patients without symptoms should come to appointments unless your unit contacts you to make a change. Tell your unit if you have travelled to a region that requires you to isolate for 14 days upon your return.
NO VISITORS IN UNITS: Visitors are still not allowed in outpatient areas of are which includes dialysis units. Thank you for your understanding as we take every measure to protect you, your loved ones and our staff. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
In-centre hemodialysis patients:
All hemodialysis patients need to continue to come for their life-sustaining dialysis treatment. The hospitals and units are implementing many measures to ensure all hemodialysis patients are provided the safest care. Dialysis treatments are life-sustaining and coming to the hospital for regularly scheduled dialysis treatments in a carefully managed environment is the SAFEST option for hemodialysis patients. Patients who skip or miss dialysis treatments may experience adverse health outcomes and require emergency medical services such as urgent care or emergency room care. If you have symptoms – see the info below.
If I have flu-like symptoms – what should I do?
If you have symptoms :
How can I lower my risk of getting an infection?
We want to keep you and your family safe. We also need to ensure that you have access to a safe place for your renal/dialysis care. No visitors are allowed in the unit and you may be asked questions, and asked to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, when you come for your appointment.
Call 1-888-315-9257 OR your renal/dialysis unit if you are unwell so that we can keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Here are steps that you and your family can do to help lower the risk of infection:
How do I protect myself and my family from COVID-19 and other flu-like illness?
Webinar: Dialysis & COVID-19 presented by The Kidney Foundation of Canada and The Canadian Society of Nephrologists
For more information on COVID-19 visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/ .
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