Team work in a dialysis unit

The multidisciplinary dialysis centre

The dialysis centre is led by a medical director specialised in nephrology, and a nursing supervisor, responsible for the management of the medical and nursing staff respectively. Each treatment shift is supervised by a physician (except in the case of a Limited Care Unit (LCU)) and a renal nurse is assigned to realise the dialysis treatment of up to 4-6 patients, depending on the level of assistance required by local regulations. The renal nurses are assisted by healthcare assistants, depending on the country requirements. Depending on their size and location, the dialysis centre may have additional administrative and technical support staff.

A multidisciplinary monthly meeting (Clinic Review) is organised and conducted by the medical director to analyse the overall results and improve the health status of the individual patients; such meetings improve communication and create a shared atmosphere in the care team of the dialysis centre.

Besides the dialysis treatment, NephroCare also provides multi-disciplinary support to those dialysis patients who require the report of a psychologist, dietician or social worker.