March 11, 2013
DAC team members include: (l.-r.) Deborah Hetrick, RN, nurse manager ASU, DPU, & PST; Jeffrey Park, RPA-C; Janet Evoniuk, RN, director of PeriOperative Services; RN; Dr. George A. Blessios, director of DAC; Dawn Ruettimann, RN; Catherine McDonald, office coordinator; and Tonya Bosch, RN. Christina Proefrock, RN, is missing from photo.
It is estimated that 1,300 people in the Buffalo region require dialysis treatment for kidney failure – a number that continues to increase by about 12% annually.
In response to the growing need for vascular access services, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has opened a Dialysis Access Center (DAC) to provide comprehensive care for dialysis patients in one convenient location.
One of the biggest problems facing dialysis patients is maintaining their vascular access site, so they can continue receiving this lifesaving blood cleansing treatment.
Sometimes, even when patients are careful, their access site can become clogged, infected or develop other complications, requiring immediate medical attention.
The DAC is focused on helping patients manage their care and keep their access sites in good condition for uninterrupted dialysis treatments. The center is staffed by a team of surgical interventionalists, physician assistants, registered nurses, and special procedure and ultrasound technicians. Together, this team of renal specialists employs the latest evaluation tools, treatments and surgical interventions to help patients maintain their vascular access.
“Our center’s advanced clinical management system enables us to develop individual treatment plans for our patients and enhances communication with their referring physicians,” said Dr. George Blessios, medical director of the DAC at Mercy Hospital. “It also provides vascular access coordination and tracking, management of complications, referrals for interventions, and outcome analysis.”
The DAC is located on the 4th floor of the hospital (Main building). For more information, or to make an appointment, please call the Dialysis Access Center at 819-9750.
This article appeared in the February / March 2013 edition of Mercy Connection, the official newsletter of Mercy Hospital.