Aug 22
New renal dialysis machine helping local patients
​A new renal dialysis machine has entered the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), at the Bathurst Health Service. 

The hospital has several renal dialysis machines but this one is a PrismaFlex, and is ICU specific that provides continuous dialysis for patients over a prolonged period, usually lasting between four to seven days. 

Usually renal function starts to return after that time. 

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD), Bathurst Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Nurse Unit Manager Anne Morrison said, “We realised the need for the machine, when approximately one patient per month was being transferred to other ICUs for continuous renal dialysis treatment. This involves some risk for the patients.”

“It was decided that with the right equipment, we could provide the service and care the patients needed right here”. 

The machine cost $43,000 and was funded by the hospital. Only one person can use the machine at the one time, as it’s continuous over several days. 

So far the new machine has only had to be used once since it arrived at the hospital in July. 

“We will be sending a number of nurses to Sydney to gain further proficiency with the treatment”.