New machines enhance dialysis service


Bass Coast Health (BCH) is offering an even more personalised dialysis service after the introduction of new haemodialysis machines.

The rollout, as a satellite unit of Monash Health, was coordinated through Monash Health, Baxter and BCH.

The machines provide treatment modes and tools to enable individualised treatments to be provided.

This enhances treatment by helping with blood pressure control, middle molecule toxin clearance and a patient’s tolerance to the treatment.

Staff received online education and four weeks practical support, and have now fully transitioned to the Baxter Artis Machines.

“The majority of Victorian hospitals utilise the Baxter machines which standardises practice across dialysis units. Occupational health and safety and Baxter’s commitment to ongoing education were considerations for the machine changeover,” Dialysis Nurse Unit Manager Sky Martin said.

Nurses showed skills in adaptability while they were faced with great change, COVID leave and sick leave, proving that even through a pandemic it is business as usual at BCH.

BCH’S Supply Team helped staff with stock changeover, stock removal and organising the store room to make the transition easier for the nurses.