18May, 2017

How Home Health Care can Improve the Lab Results for Dialysis Patients

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If you are on dialysis, or know someone who is, you know how complicated it can be. Dialysis is performed in tandem with other forms of treatment for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). This includes nutrition monitoring and medication management. However, what also needs to be monitored are the lab results for dialysis patients. These results will tell your physician whether the patient is responding to dialysis or not. This is where Home Health Care (HHC) can significantly help patients and their family’s. Studies have shown that HHC can help improve […]

4Apr, 2017

How Home Health Care can keep Dialysis Patients Out of Hospital By Ken Banks

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If you need dialysis or know someone who does, you know how cumbersome it can be. Not only do dialysis patients need to regularly undergo treatment, there is always a risk of hospitalizations. Many people do not realize that Dialysis patients risk hospitalizations for complications such as infection, fluid overload, and falls. Repeated admissions to hospital for patients in renal failure is often the norm rather than the exception. This also adds up costs. It currently costs about $88,000 a year for a patient to undergo dialysis, according to the […]

12Jan, 2017

Solutions to Lower Hospital Readmission Rates

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  A topic that is frequently encountered by my nurses and therapists is “how can I prevent my mother/father from going back to the hospital?”  This is not only a concern for family members but also medical professionals and hospital administrators. The question of ever-increasing readmission penalty rates for hospitals hasn’t been answered for a while now. Day by day it has become an insurmountable challenge which hospitals, especially in Illinois, are finding very tough to climb and address in the long run. A recent report, revealed that these are […]

7Nov, 2016

Use of Home Health Services to Decrease Patient Re-Hospitalizations

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Home health care is becoming increasingly more important for  patients suffering from different diseases. Some of these include seniors and/or patients with chronic illnesses such as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The numbers speak for themselves…One in three Americans is currently at risk for developing kidney disease…26 million American adults have kidney disease and don’t know it…10% of the population worldwide suffers from CKD and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable medical treatment. This is where home health services like DirectMed can help. With a […]