Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
This session on Home Hemodialysis is a co-presentation with the Home and Community Care team at the First Nations Health Authority. Home hemodialysis is an established treatment option for people living with Chronic Kidney Disease or renal failure requiring hemodialysis. Undergoing hemodialysis in the home allows clients to live their lives as normally as possible, with minimal disruption compared to undergoing the treatment in a clinic. This option also allows clients to remain in their homes and communities – resulting in better outcomes and quality of life.FNHA is seeing more First Nations clients opting for home hemodialysis and this session is designed to teach community members and health practitioners more about the treatment. The Home Hemodialysis Unit team presenting at the UBC Learning Circle will go over the extensive education available, the support provided to clients, as well as how to be prepared to support clients in your community on this treatment. Roles for and expectations of the local health care team will be discussed, as well as appropriate boundaries and when to refer back to the Home Hemodialysis Unit. A patient who is currently on home hemodialysis will share their positive experience with the home treatment in this session.
- Education available on HH
- What support is out there for clients
- Roles of local health care team
- Responsibilities of health care team
- Boundaries when working with someone on HH
- Personal first hand experience on living in community using HH
About the Presenters:
Dr. Michael Copland is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Kidney Services for Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Healthcare and is the Provincial Medical Director for Home Hemodialysis for the province of British Columbia.
His clinical interests include general consultative nephrology and home dialysis modalities in particular. He lives on the North Shore with his wife and 2 teenaged children where he can often be found either walking his dog in the forest, paddling a kayak with his wife or spending some alone time with his road bike
Mary L Lewis (RN BScN CNeph) is a patient educator for the St Paul’s Hospital renal program with over 30 years of nursing experience. She has worked extensively in all areas of nephrology nursing and is a member of the Canadian association of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians. She began her career as a staff nurse at The Westminster Hospital, London, England. Her interest in nephrology developed after working with kidney transplant patients. In 1988 she obtained her nephrology nursing certification at Guys Hospital, London.,England.She has presented locally and nationally on topics including pre dialysis patient management, barriers to patient learning and most recently on the challenges of managing home hemodialysis (HHD) patients in remote communities. She currently manages 18 HHD patients living throughout BC and Yukon Territories. Three of her patients have or are living in remote First Nations communities.
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