Fresenius Celebrates Helping Patients with Kidney Failure Live Longer
Care, Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment of Related Conditions, are Improving
Mass. – March 5, 2015 – Fresenius Medical Care
North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading dialysis provider with more than
2,150 dialysis facilities nationwide, is celebrating National Kidney Month this
March by recognizing recent progress in helping patients with kidney failure
live longer, while reaffirming its mission to improve the quality of life of
dialysis patients, every day.
Data from the 2014 United States Renal Data
System (USRDS) annual report suggests that while the total number of end stage
renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States continues to rise, at least
part of that increase is the result of patients actually living longer. Likewise,
the Peer Kidney Care Initiative’s 2014 Dialysis Care & Outcomes report
agrees that overall ESRD mortality rates have declined since 2004, noting that
“declining mortality rates translate to longer lives, as illustrated by
displays of gains in expected remaining life-times and deaths averted.”
Healthcare experts attribute the increased
longevity to earlier detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD)
and timely patient referrals to kidney specialists. Better detection and care
of risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension is also contributing to
slower disease progression.
Fresenius Medical Care has made significant
achievements in enhancing the care of patients with kidney failure, including
reducing both patient mortality rates and avoidable hospitalizations.
FMCNA is helping patients live longer by
Exceptional care and the latest treatment options: Home dialysis and in-center nighttime dialysis, for example, can
provide health benefits by allowing longer and/or slower dialysis treatments.
This gives patients the option of having more free time to continue working, or
to enjoy their favorite activities.
Healthy Lifestyles initiatives: These programs, designed to encourage patients to stay active and
follow a healthy diet, include consultations with renal dietitians and social
workers on staff at each facility. Dietitians help dialysis patients learn how
to eat a healthy diet while strictly limiting their intake of foods containing
high levels of potassium, phosphorus, and salt, which can be harmful to them.
FMCNA also has a partnership with celebrity chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. to create
delicious dialysis-friendly recipes that inspire patients to enjoy eating –
while staying within their dietary guidelines.
Treatment Options Program (TOPs): Offered regularly across the country and open to the public at no
cost, these programs provide valuable information about managing kidney
disease. They help CKD patients and their families plan for and transition more
smoothly to dialysis or organ transplants.
Innovative patient research: Through its global network of medical experts and clinical
research, FMCNA strives to keep patients healthier, whether through more
effective treatment of related conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular
disease, better management of anemia, or promotion of flu shots and other
“Our physicians, nurses and other caregivers
are extending the lives of dialysis patients and reducing hospitalizations by
working as multi-disciplinary teams to provide excellent care both in and out
of the treatment chair,” said Franklin W. Maddux, M.D., FMCNA’s chief medical
officer and executive vice president for clinical and scientific affairs. “Our
patient-centric approach to care and treatment is designed to help patients
with end stage kidney disease live a better life.”
Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that
cleans waste products from the blood and removes extra fluids when a person’s
Fresenius Medical Care North America
Through its leading network of more than
2,150 dialysis facilities in North America and vascular access centers,
laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices,
Fresenius Medical Care provides renal services to hundreds of thousands of
people throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. It is also the
continent’s top producer of dialysis equipment, dialyzers and related
disposable products and a major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals.