Belt up for greater freedom
About Campaignends 31 Aug 2017, 11:59 PM
$10 may seem like a small amount to many of us, but it can go a long way towards improving the quality of lives of Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) patients.
PD, also known as water dialysis, is a treatment to kidney failure. A special sterile fluid is introduced into the abdomen through a PD catheter, a permanent tube that is placed in the peritoneal cavity. The fluid circulates through abdomen to draw impurities from surrounding blood vessels in the peritoneum, which is then drained from the body.
NKF patient Mr Ng Chia Huat, 58, is currently undergoing PD. With the flexibility of PD, he is able to enjoy his daily activities without having to go to the dialysis centre or having his lifestyle restricted by dialysis centres' schedules. Every morning, Chia Huat likes to go to the coffee shop to have breakfast and chat with his friends, before heading home to carry out PD. However, having a permanent catheter in his abdomen means that he has to be careful in ensuring that his catheter is taped to his abdomen securely. The tape frequently caused his skin to become irritated and itchy. Occasionally, the tape will loosen, increasing the risk of infection.
All these problems are solved when Chia Huat was given a PD Belt by NKF. PD patients can store their catheters in the PD Belt, thus preventing any accidental tugs on the catheter, reduces infection risks and allows patients more freedom of movement.
Your donation of $10 will provide a PD patient with 1 PD Belt.
The NKF is a charitable organisation that provides dialysis treatment and rehabilitative care to kidney failure patients at affordable, subsidised rates. Our philosophy is to care for our patients holistically, aiming to help patients maintain a reasonable quality of life. The NKF also provides health-screening and public education services to raise the communitys awareness on the importance of renal disease prevention.
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