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HEALTH: Dialysis patients need state action

Letter by James Warren, Shelton on May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am with No Comments »
May 3, 2013 1:19 pm

I am undergoing dialysis for end-stage kidney disease, and so I am an advocate for all who are on it. I get my treatment three days a week at an Olympia clinic, and the nurses and techs who staff my facility are hard-working and personable. I couldn’t ask for a better team to help me with my dialysis.

The problem is the number of chairs available for the patients who need them.

The state bureaucracy has not yet responded to my clinic’s request to open up more patient chairs. We have plenty of machines, but as it is, patients are forced to wait for the limited number of chairs for treatment. Nurses work late into the evening to accommodate the patient load with the number of open chairs available. At best the situation is ridiculous and at worst it is criminal.

As a dialysis patient, I deserve medical help from people who are able to do an efficient job in the best circumstances possible, but the fact is my facility is still waiting for the state of Washington to authorize more dialysis stations. My frustration makes me wonder why the state is taking so long to give its OK for more chairs. Is the state dragging its feet? If so, why?

I hope our legislators will look into the situation and provide some leadership on this essential medical service. Patients and clinic workers need the help.

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