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When someone’s kidneys fail, two things have to be sorted
out—when to start dialysis to help the kidneys do their job and
the type of dialysis to use.
One type is hemodialysis, which requires coming into the
hospital or clinic regularly for several hours, three days a week.
The other type is peritoneal dialysis, which is cheaper and can
be done at home.
The START project—also known as Starting Dialysis
on Time at Home on the Right Therapy—collects specific
information from every person in Alberta who is starting
dialysis therapy to ensure patients begin treatment at the
The team of more than 60 healthcare workers and doctors
helps decide who qualifies for peritoneal dialysis at home and
and supports them throughout the process. Dialysis has a big
impact on a person’s life, says the START team. It’s important
that the type of dialysis fits with a person’s lifestyle and
reduces any negative impact on their quality of life.
Michael Bacelonia has been receiving peritoneal dialysis
at home for a year, thanks to the START project. He hooks
himself up to the machine next to his bed at 10 p.m. and
wakes up at 6 a.m.
“With dialysis at home, you’re not stuck at the hospital for
eight hours,” he says. “I love it.”
— Jennifer Allford
Getting dialysis at home H
Regularly drinking sugary beverages such as pop increases
the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers
and tooth decay. That’s why, in April 2017, the Rockyview
General Hospital in Calgary removed sugar-sweetened
drinks from its cafeteria and vending machines.
Dr. Sheila Watson, an obstetrics and gynecology doctor
at the Rockview, spearheaded the change. Working with
suppliers and the vending machine operator, the hospital
replaced 23 sugary drinks with 26 healthier options,
including flavoured waters.
“We surveyed our customers at the launch, three
months, and one year after. Each time, more than
80 per cent of people were supportive, so that was
great,” says Colin Porter, AHS Retail Food Services
director, Calgary Zone. “It confirmed that our customers
were ready for the change and like having easy access to
Not only are people thirsty for
healthier drinks, they’re paying less
On average, the healthier
beverages are 23 cents cheaper
than the sugar-sweetened
drinks they replaced.
— Jennifer Allford
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