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Beat the Heat this Summer

By |2024-07-03T19:20:57+00:00July 1st, 2024|

  The national forecast for the US predicts this may be one of the hottest summers on record. Across the country heat waves and heat domes are expected to hit, meaning everyone will be looking for a way to stay cool. For a dialysis patient, this could mean reaching for more fluid than is recommended. [...]

Help Women Take Charge

By |2024-05-14T12:49:50+00:00May 13th, 2024|

  Every May in the United States the nation recognizes Women’s Health Month. The goal of this month is to empower women to prioritize their health and educate them on the steps they can take to improve their health. Empowering women who have chronic kidney disease and kidney failure can make all the difference in [...]

Measuring the Success of Intraperitoneal Nutrition: More than Numbers

By |2024-04-09T17:04:12+00:00April 9th, 2024|

  As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), I had the pleasure of working with people on dialysis for many years. During this time, I witnessed many success stories for my patients on hemodialysis (HD) with intradialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN). However, it was not until I began working with Patient Care America, where I collaborate with [...]

Effectively Collaborating with
the Interdisciplinary Team

By |2024-03-12T16:50:36+00:00March 12th, 2024|

  Every patient in the healthcare system is part of a team, whether they know it or not. Behind the scenes of every appointment or clinic visit is a world of conversation and collaboration intended to support better health outcomes. Dietitians and nurses serve as critical components of many such interdisciplinary teams (IDT). In dialysis, [...]

Patient Care America Announces Acquisition of Lyfebulb

By |2024-03-05T14:50:59+00:00March 5th, 2024|

  Combining Resources to Create the Premier, Patient-Focused Renal Solutions Provider POMPANO BEACH, FL and NEW YORK, March 5, 2024 — Patient Care America (“PCA”) announces that it recently completed the acquisition of Lyfebulb Holdings Inc., (“Lyfebulb”) an online digital platform that empowers people living with chronic illnesses to thrive through education, innovation, and connectivity. [...]

Unintentional Weight Loss in ESRD Patients

By |2024-02-13T12:24:18+00:00February 12th, 2024|

  How many times have you witnessed unintentional weight loss in your dialysis patients? Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence that is frequently overlooked and undertreated, especially in patients who are considered obese. I can’t tell you how many times, when I was working in dialysis clinics, nephrologists or mid-level providers discounted unintentional weight loss [...]

Supporting a Patient Through a Weight Loss Journey

By |2024-01-11T20:56:06+00:00January 8th, 2024|

  Drawing on my own experience as a registered dietitian (RD), I found counseling patients on weight loss to be difficult. As a clinician, I understand that weight loss may be necessary for patients who need to: Qualify for transplant Improve diabetes and cardiovascular health Improve overall quality of life Yet many patients struggle to [...]

Think Small for a Strong Immune Defense

By |2023-12-11T19:42:54+00:00December 11th, 2023|

  During cold and flu season there are a few things that come to mind to protect ourselves from bacteria and viruses. Things like vaccines, regular handwashing, masking in public spaces, and maybe reaching for the echinacea or elderberry. But to boost our immune systems, sometimes we need to think small, or micro. Micronutrients are [...]

An Ethical Stance on Patient Choice

By |2023-11-13T15:02:17+00:00November 13th, 2023|

  Since the late 1980’s a new concept termed patient centered care emerged and has changed the way that patients are treated surrounding their healthcare, now prioritizing the patient’s individual needs, preferences, and values when making medical decisions and delivering treatment. Patient centered care encourages the collaboration and partnered decision-making between the medical care team [...]

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