Rush Children’s Hospital has a hospital-based dialysis unit exclusive to children of all ages, from newborns to young adults.
Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of children who need dialysis, including patients with type II diabetes who suffer renal complications as well as children with congenital urologic disease and lupus. Some children require dialysis chronically as outpatients until they receive kidney transplants. Our aim is to allow these children to continue to live their lives as normally as possible.
The Rush Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dialysis unit provides the following services to children and young adults through age 21:
- Acute and chronic hemodialysis
- Acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis
- Home training for peritoneal dialysis
- Inpatient hemoperfusion and hemofiltration
- Educational support and psychosocial services provided by the multidisciplinary team for all dialysis patients
Rush Children's Hospital provides pediatric necessities to patients during treatments, including warm meals, music therapy, art therapy, games and one-on-one instruction with a schoolteacher.
Rush Children's Hospital pediatric nephrologists and intensivists in-house during our patients’ dialysis sessions. Pediatric nephrologists Deepa Chand, MD, and Sara Jandeska, MD, share in the management of patients, and our nursing team has over 50 combined years of pediatric dialysis experience.
Our team also includes a pediatric renal dietitian, pediatric renal social worker, child life specialist and schoolteacher. Access to additional onsite services allows for us to provide comprehensive care, including renal transplant services, cardiac health services and vascular access services.