Pandemic causing supply shortages for dialysis patients, staffing shortage for providers

Pandemic causing supply shortages for dialysis patients, staffing shortage for providers
Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 12:51 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The pandemic is causing supply delays for dialysis patients and workforce shortages for kidney care providers.

We received a tip from a concerned parent saying their son was unable to receive the supplies needed before his dialysis treatment. They said centers have had to decrease the number of scheduled visits because of the shortage. The person would not speak to us on-camera.

A representative from DaVita on SW Wanamaker Road said they are experiencing delays in supplies. They say the staffing shortages are handled at this time though. They said they are continuing their efforts to make sure individuals are taken care of.

Fresenius Medical Care North America could not speak on this specific case but says they are handling a nationwide supply shortage.

They wrote in a statement “workforce challenges have resulted in a shortage of dialysate acid concentrate, exacerbated by transportation challenges.”

Fresenius Medical Care North America continued to say they have pulled in regional National Guard members to supplement the workforce, accelerated their local hiring efforts, redistributed employees from other regions, and recruited hundreds of employee volunteers to work in distribution centers and manufacturing sites from within the company.

“We will stay vigilant and look for additional ways in which we can address our staffing challenges and other supply chain disruptions related to the pandemic, so we can maintain the high-quality level of service we’ve always provided.”

13 News has reached out to area hospitals and area kidney care facilities if they are experiencing a shortage. We are awaiting a response.

The Fresenius Kidney Care website says they are taking significant steps to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID-19 both in the dialysis centers and for any home visits. For more on their COVID-19 response click here to go to their website.

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