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  • I found a better link about Houston area dialysis centers

    PBS report

    For Houston dialysis patients, getting treatment during the disaster means life or death
    The Houston health care system is under strain from the fallout from Hurricane Harvey. Aside from those who have been injured, patients with chronic…
  • I'm in Nacogdoches, Tx.  We have medium sized convention center now being used to house abouit 100 evacuees, some of which need dialysis.  They are being carted over the local dialysis center.  No idea who is paying for it, but one way or another is likley me.  

    • Aren't you pretty close to the border?

      I would think patients who really need dialysis would be admitted to the nearest hospital. All the hospitals in Houston are up & running.

      • They do that in hospitals?  I thought everyone needing dialysis went to those "stand alone" dialysis centers.  They're everywhere.  

        • But in an emergency like your center closed down due to the flood you can go to a hospital ER & they'll give you dialysis if you've missed a treatment.

          How close are you to the border?

          • Which border? About 45 miles from the Texas / Louisiana border in east Texas
        • Did you ever have to do dialysis?  Almost every new patient starts in a hospital dialysis unit before being assigned to a center closer to home.  It usually takes about a week (three treatments) before being assigned and transportation is set up to fit the patients needs.  Hospital units do not have the capacity to handle the full demand when service interruptions occur (only so many machines, so many hours available)  It doesn't take much, like major snowstorms, here in the northeast, to really mess up schedules (and patients.)

          • Yes. I've had dialysis
            • Didn't you start in a hospital?

  • They had a lot of warning that Harvey was coming.  I would hope that transplant patients had the foresight to relocate out of the hurricane zone in order to continue getting the treatment they need.

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