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Hemodialysis Unit expands to Address Increased Patients


This section of the Seamen’s Hospital prides itself in providing the standard of care that is comparable to any other unit in major hospitals around the Philippines
If a kidney fails and shuts down, that is incompatible with life. Fortunately a treatment exists that replaces the function of a failed kidney. That treatment is called hemodialysis.

At the AMOSUP Seamen’s Hospital, which is a tertiary level hospital, it is essential that its facility can provide hemodialysis treatments to its patients. If that kidney failure is permanent in nature then that patient will require regular hemodialysis treatments.
The Hospital has two populations of hemodialysis patients. Those patients whose kidney failure develops as a course of their illness while they are admitted and are given hemodialysis treatments on an in-patient basis. The other includes patients who have long standing kidney failure but are not admitted and undergo treatments on an out-patient basis.

The hemodialysis patients of Seamen’s Hospital have been steadily growing ever since it started in 2002. As such, it was only a matter of time before the number of patients would go over the capacity of the unit to accommodate everyone.

It had reached a point where hemodialysis treatments were ongoing close to 24 hours a day. That was the major problem for the section. Fortunately, Seamen’s Hospital was able to expand its hemodialysis unit and doubled the number of machines to service more of its members and dependents who need this life sustaining treatment.
Seamen’s Hospital is unique in that it provides quality hemodialysis treatments to its patients free of charge, year round. As such it is dependent on the constant support of AMOSUP.

The Hemodialysis Unit has just been recently expanded to address the major problem of its ever growing hemodialysis patients. The question then is whether hemodialysis services may be offered in other Seamen’s Hospitals outside of Manila.

Hemodialysis units are closely monitored by several accreditation bodies; from the Department of Health to PhilHealth to the Philippine Society of Nephrology every year. This unit of the Hospital has always been accredited since 2002 without any major discrepancies. In fact, it has been granted the privilege to expand the unit in 2017.
The Seamen’s Hospital Hemodialysis Unit prides itself in providing the standard of care that is comparable to any other unit in major hospitals around the Philippines.
The Unit provides over 700 in-patient and out-patient treatments, on the average, every month. As a member of the Renal Disease Control Program or REDCOP, it regularly submits reports to the Philippine Renal Disease Registry.

The hospital currently has 10 hemodialysis stations operation, the Fresenius 4008S Hemodialysis machines with Diasafe filters. It also uses an automatic dialyzer reprocessing machine called Renatron. It also operates double reverse osmosis machines to produce ultrapure water for Hemodialysis treatments. It has fully reclinable and automatic chairs for the patients.SF