Updated June 8, 2020
COVID-19 Resource and Education Center
Our Response to COVID-19
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and have developed the following resources to support our efforts. Our top priorities are to make sure that our employees and patients remain safe and our patients receive the best care possible.
Innovating to Keep Our Patients Safe
Our Critical Care Team is Here for You
Our Critical Care team remains committed to doing its part during these tough times. From the creation of the National Intensive Renal Care Reserve, which creates a pool of NxStage critical care units for areas in need, to increasing our tubing set, filter, and dialysate capacity, we are working tirelessly so you have the equipment supplies to treat patients.
Important Steps We've Implemented to Keep Our Patients and Staff Safe
All individuals entering the center are screened for fever and cough, as well as for potential COVID-19 contact risk. Any individuals who are COVID-19 positive or identified as persons under investigation (PUIs) are transferred to receive their dialysis in a separate environment or a hospital.
Strict handwashing on entering and leaving the center is firmly enforced. All patients are asked to wear masks while in the center waiting room and treatment area.
All staff members wear masks, full protective gowns, and gloves while in close contact with patients in any area.
Our centers are intensively disinfected on a daily basis and visitors are not currently permitted.
Helpful Resources and FAQs to Support Patient Care
Field Notes Podcast: Physician Burnout
Felicia Speed, LMSW, Corporate Director of Social Work Services at Fresenius Medical Care North America, speaks about physician burnout: the emotional and mental strain that comes with providing care in a time of crisis.
Showing Support for Our Staff and Families
During this unprecedented time, it's important to acknowledge those who continue to provide life-sustaining dialysis care for our patients across the country. The FMCNA Family Project is a great opportunity for you and your loved ones to share a letter or artwork to show your support for all the front-line staff working in our centers. Additionally, for families looking to educate their children about kidney disease, The Kidney Kid Initiative provides fun, interactive resources to do so in the comfort of your home.