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November 3, 2020 | News, Staff News

We want to thank all of our patients who are helping to keep our dialysis units as safe as possible. You have done this by:

  • Wearing a mask as asked
  • Starting your dialysis when asked which may be slightly early, late or during another shift
  • Waiting in your assigned waiting area
  • Following all public health recommendations

What we are doing

Renal staff are working hard to make sure patients continue to safely get the dialysis treatment they need. Long before COVID-19, our staff often managed patients who needed to be isolated during their treatment. There are protocols in place for patients with communicable diseases and these are followed whenever necessary.

Planning for COVID-19 positive patients started many months ago and those plans will be used as needed.

These include:

  • Screening every patient and implementing testing or isolation of patients when necessary
  • Arranging special transportation for patients with COVID-19
  • Moving patients to different beds, dialysis shifts or units to maintain the safety of all staff and patients
  • Using necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) when required

Renal staff will continue to use these protocols to ensure the safety of dialysis units.

What you can do

You are an important part in ensuring our units are safe.

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms and call the unit if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Stay home and away from people outside your household as much as possible
  • Wear a non-medical mask when out of your home
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently

Read more about what you can do here.

As we have seen in the past, hospital capacity can change. When needed, patients’ care may be transferred to another dialysis unit or facility. Read more about that here.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping keep our units, staff and all patients safe.

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