Kidney disease affects thousands of Australian children each year. Many of these children require a kidney transplant; however, they undertake life-saving dialysis until a kidney is available. The kidney acts as a filter for the blood, balancing water and mineral levels. When a kidney cannot function due to a disease, it causes serious complications.
A child with a kidney disease lives a compromised life. They have a high reliance on others and a dependence on dialysis machinery. Kidney dialysis can often cause impaired growth, which can lead to poor self-esteem.
Kidney dialysis units
The availability of dialysis units determines the treatment of the child. The less invasive Peritoneal dialysis treatment is the preferable choice for children allowing greater flexibility. However, this unit may not be available, leaving Haemodialysis as the only option. The more accessible dialysis unit requires the child to have their treatment in a hospital or dialysis centre.
Help4Kids acknowledges that the supply and maintenance of critical medical equipment is a top priority for hospitals around Australia. There is a variety of equipment that is consistently in high demand, and the cost of procurement can quickly add up.
There is also the importance to service and maintain the existing units. Failure to have critical equipment in the best working order will impair treatment and present dangers to our children.