Did you know that Manitoba has the highest rates of kidney failure in Canada?
The most common treatment for kidney failure is in-centre hemodialysis, which traditionally requires patients to receive treatment in a hospital three times a week for four hours at a time. This time-intensive process is especially burdensome for people living in remote communities, who often have to relocate to urban centres to receive treatment – a reality that disproportionately affects Indigenous people in Manitoba’s north.
CDIC and SOGH have been leaders in expanding the home hemodialysis program in Manitoba, which makes it possible to deliver dialysis care in a home setting. Providing means for patients to receive treatment in their own homes has a dramatic impact on their quality of life, and eases financial strain on both patients and the healthcare system, resulting in both clinical and economic benefits.