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
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. Our dialysis unit has nine 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 dialysis program is one of 28 programs in the nation who are participating in the peritonitis prevention research collaborative coordinated by the Children's Hospital Association (CHA). Children's Mercy physicians from Nephrology and Infectious Disease serve as lead faculty. Pharmaceutical research is being conducted to investigate the use of medications designed to prevent/control bone disease, manage anemia and enhance growth in children receiving dialysis.
We coordinate the International Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Network (IPPN), an initiative that has resulted in publications and treatment recommendations pertaining to the management of bone disease, heart disease and nutrition in children receiving peritoneal dialysis. We coordinate and actively participate in prospective dialysis related studies and the collection of registry data by the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS).