Taking Charge of Your Dialysis Care
At the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, we would like you to get the best out of your dialysis therapy. However, we can achieve the best use of our resources and optimal outcome through our efforts together. Here we would like to mention a few areas where your focus could improve your medical care and keep you in shape to enjoy life.
As a hemodialysis patient, you need to have regular monthly evaluations by your nephrologist of your physical condition, dialysis therapy and test results. Although you see them regularly during dialysis sessions, this not a substitute for a thorough evaluation during an office visit. Therefore, be on top of your monthly appointments with your nephrologist. Please remember to bring all your medications, contact information for your primary care provider as well as any specialists that you have consulted in the interim.
Many of you have primary care providers who help you with your annual health check-ups, vaccinations, mammograms and pap smears. If you don’t, please let your nephrologist help you find a primary health care provider.
If your nephrologist knows your prescription refill needs well in advance, it will make sure you don’t run out of medications.
If you have any health issues related or not to your kidney disease, feel free to ask your nephrologist when you meet them during your dialysis session. However, do understand that a thorough evaluation, including a physical examination, is required to give you the best advice. This can be done during an office visit arranged as soon as possible. A quick prescription is often not the best practice of medicine.
Do take charge of your care and help us keep you healthy and happy.