Transplantation: A Clinical Priority for our Renal Program

While we strive to avoid end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in our patients through the treatment of kidney disease and the implementation of strategies to slow progression of chronic disease disease, we know we won’t be successful with many of our patients.

For those patients who do reach ESRD, we know that kidney transplant is the treatment of choice and provides better long-term survival and improved quality of life compared to dialysis.  It’s encouraging that patient survival and transplant success has been progressively improving over the years.

As part of our program wide strategy to increase pre-emptive transplant (transplantation before the start of dialysis) and rapid living donor transplant after the initiation of dialysis, Dr. Melanie Brown has created a brief set of educational slides that explain the value of kidney transplantation and dispels some of the associated myths.

The Nephrologists in the FHA Renal Program will be participating in a blitz educational campaign to share this information across our program.  Over the next 6 weeks, Nephrologists will be presenting this informational across our various in-centre & community dialysis units, kidney care centres and peritoneal dialysis units.  Assuming this goes well, we’ll try the same thing for our vascular access and home dialysis projects.

Comments are closed.