LAWRENCE, Mass., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking control of your dialysis and finding the information you need about home hemodialysis with the NxStage ® System One ™ just got easier for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with the launch of the NxStage Find a Doctor directory. The on-line directory created by NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, makes it easier for patients to identify a nearby nephrologist with experience caring for home hemodialysis patients using the NxStage System One. The Find a Doctor directory can be found under the " Home Hemodialysis" tab of NxStage's website.
Today, the large majority of dialysis patients in the US receive conventional dialysis, which consists of treatment on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule. This conventional in-center schedule leaves a 2-day gap between the last treatment of the preceding week and the first treatment of the following week, during which time toxins and fluids build up and may stress the heart and body. Recent publications have shown this long gap between treatments is associated with increased patient hospitalization and mortality.
"With such an extensive pool of published data showing that, when compared with conventional thrice-weekly treatments, daily home hemodialysis can lead to improved health, quality of life and survival outcomes, the Find a Doctor Directory is an especially timely resource to encourage dialogue between patients and physicians who are knowledgeable about this treatment, empowering patients to explore all options for their kidney care," said Robert S. Lockridge, Jr., M.D., medical director of the UVA Home Dialysis program. "Dialysis patients should be informed of all treatment options and have access to the treatment that is right for them, including frequent home hemodialysis.""Many patients and their families have told us that simplifying access to home hemodialysis would be very beneficial," said Jeffrey H. Burbank, Chief Executive Officer, NxStage Medical Inc. "As a patient focused organization, we believe that our new 'Find a Doctor' directory is a convenient tool to help interested patients identify a local nephrologist and pursue more frequent home hemodialysis. We thank the many nephrologists that have chosen to collaborate with us in this important effort, and we look to continue to expand this in the future." To search for a nephrologist, users provide their zip code to access a list of doctors within a designated radius, including contact information. With this information, users can reach out directly to the nephrologist's practice to learn more about more frequent home hemodialysis with the System One. In addition to the Find a Doctor directory, users can also search the Find a Dialysis Center directory to locate a dialysis center offering training for the NxStage System One. Disclaimer The Find a Doctor and Find a Dialysis Center directories are not intended as tools for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any physician or center contained therein. The use of either directory by any entity or individual to verify the credentials of listed physicians or center is prohibited. Inclusion in either directory does not imply recommendation or endorsement by NxStage nor does omission in either directory imply NxStage disapproval.