The Dialysis Program
at Children's Mercy is dedicated to providing the highest quality
of pediatric care to children with acute and chronic kidney
disorders requiring renal replacement therapy with dialysis. We
offer a nationally and internationally recognized end-stage renal
disease program that is a leader in the clinical dialysis care of
infants, children and adolescents and in the performance of
dialysis related research designed to improve pediatric dialysis
We recognize that the family is an integral "dialysis team member"
and is essential to the planning and implementation of the child's
health management. Therefore, all of our programs are conducted in
a family-centered environment that is designed to assist the
patient achieve the best possible outcome.
Our dialysis unit has 9 treatment stations and is one of the
largest dedicated pediatric dialysis units in the nation. Our
patients range in age from birth through 21 years old. We offer a
full range of treatments that include:
- Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) (in-center and home)
- Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)
- Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD)
- Hemodialysis (HD) (in-center and home)
- Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)
Our program's results in the prevention of dialysis related
infection exceed the national experience.
|Months Between Infections
*North American Pediatric Renal Trials and
Collaborative Studies, 2011 Annual Report
Hemodialysis Catheter-Related Infection Rate
|Episodes/1000 Catheter Days
- Our home hemodialysis program is one of the few programs in the
nation designed specifically for pediatric patients.
- We use social media programs to assist patients in adhering to
their medical regimens.
- Members of the nephrology faculty served as editor and authors
of the textbook, "Pediatric Dialysis" and as members of the
international writing committee of the "Consensus Guidelines for
the Prevention and Treatment of Catheter-Related Infections and
Peritonitis in Pediatric Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis:
- Kidney Kare Day is an educational forum for patients and
families that is conducted yearly by the nephrology faculty and
- Camp Chimer is our nationally recognized and medically
supervised summer camp for pediatric dialysis and transplant
patients that has served patients from throughout our region of the
country for 25 years.
- Our outreach program makes available school visits to educate
students, teachers and school nurses about living with dialysis and
- Our transition program and its comprehensive education
curriculum are initiated during adolescence and prepare the young
adult patient on dialysis for long-term success.
- Patient families can stay in the Ronald
McDonald House or the Ronald McDonald Family Room, which
provide a more homelike atmosphere during their child's