Mercy and Sisters of Charity Hospitals Introduce ‘Breakthrough Technology’ to Improve Dialysis Care


Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:00 PM

The Mercy Hospital in Buffalo and the Sisters of Charity Hospital became the first hospitals in western New York State to offer what they call “next generation technology” for dialysis care, the Tablo hemodialysis system. The move to the new dialysis program within Catholic Health aims to improve the patient experience, while reducing the cost and complexity historically associated with dialysis treatment.

It is estimated that more than one in seven people in America, or 15% of the American population, suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), in which the kidneys have trouble filtering waste and excess fluid from the body. blood. If the disease progresses to kidney failure, patients must undergo dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive.

A press release said, “Otherwise known as kidney replacement therapy (RRT), dialysis is an expensive and cumbersome treatment. In the United States, nearly 85 million dialysis treatments are performed each year, costing more than $ 70 billion. The introduction of new technologies and models of care such as Tablo hemodialysis system, with its unique functionality, ease of use, and ability to convert to other settings, helps control costs and transform dialysis care at Catholic Health and nationwide.

Christina Tobin, vice president of operations at Mercy Hospital, was the clinical lead for the development of the Tablo dialysis program at Catholic Health. She said, “Tablo’s all-in-one system offers significant benefits, improving patient comfort and convenience while providing a safer and more streamlined dialysis process for nurses and other caregivers. Tablo’s portability and ease of use have allowed us to deliver treatment anywhere in our facility, giving us more options to better serve our patients.

The Tablo system, which is about the size of a small dormitory refrigerator, creates new savings for Catholic Health and will be expanded to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mount St. Mary Hospital and St. Joseph Campus. over the next few months.

“With an increasing demand for dialysis within our system, Tablo has enabled us to reduce costs by replacing several machines with a single compact device, while maintaining high quality care for our patients who require this specialized service” said Joyce Markiewicz, executive vice president president and director of business development for Catholic Health. “The more options we can offer our community, the better – especially in the midst of COVID-19, which has led to an influx of patients with kidney failure. The features and capabilities of this new technology create a safer and more efficient experience for both patient and caregiver. “

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