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Society donates $40,000 for renal patient care at Trail hospital

Donation comes from proceeds of the KP building in downtown Trail
L-R: Knights of Pythias Society members Bert Storvold, Jack Balfour and Ian McLeod present their $40,000 donation to Lisa Pasin, KBRH Health Foundation executive director. Photo: Submitted

The Knights of Pythias Society of Trail has made an outstanding donation of $40,000 to support patients receiving care in the Renal Department of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH).

Their generosity will aid in the purchase of a dialysis chair and an ultrasound machine with probes, the KBRH Health Foundation says.

“As the Knights of Pythias Society works to distribute funds after the sale of their building, the KBRH Health Foundation thanks them for prioritizing our regional hospital and healthcare improvements for residents of the Kootenay Boundary.”

Renal care

Renal services are a specialized area of medicine involving diagnosis, management and treatment of complications for patients with kidney impairment and/or disease.

The onset of kidney disease can be sudden (acute) or develop over months or years (chronic), and may or may not progress to kidney failure.

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a procedure to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly. It often involves diverting blood to a machine to be cleaned.

What happens during dialysis treatment?

The membranes filter waste products from your blood, which are passed into the dialysate fluid. The used dialysate fluid is pumped out of the dialyser, and the filtered blood is passed back into your body through the second needle. During your dialysis sessions, you’ll sit or lie on a couch, recliner or bed.

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