With the outbreak of COVID19, both patients and nephrologists have started increasingly opting for Home Haemodialysis. Dialysis patients are a vulnerable group because of their existing comorbidities, repeated exposure to risky hospital environment and immunocompromised state due to Chronic Kidney Disease. These patients are consequently more prone to acquire infections and develop severe diseases as compared to the general population.
Understanding this need, NephroPlus, which is India’s largest dialysis network has launched India’s first “Dialysis on Wheels” Programme where a patient can undergo dialysis inside an ambulance itself which comes to their home. The patient need not invest in equipment or worry about the risk of infection or access to emergency care.
This model is expected to bring down the cost of Home Haemodialysis significantly which will lead to further adoption by patients. Patients need not commute long distances to a dialysis center nor will a patient’s attendant waste a full day for their loved one’s dialysis and most importantly, no chance of contracting infections!
A first in India, the pilot mobile van initiative will be accessible to patients across Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad & Noida region who seek essential dialysis treatment right outside their homes. The ambulance van is designed by industry experts and comprises a fully operational dialysis setup that will be conducted by a highly trained dialysis technician.
Speaking about the initiative, Vikram Vuppala, CEO and Founder of NephroPlus, said, “NephroPlus has always been at the forefront of best in class dialysis delivery while adapting to the situation. We are proud to offer this unique service – Dialysis on Wheels to people on dialysis in NCR to start with and eventually we plan to scale it up to 20 major cities in the country.”
Further, Kamal D Shah, Co-Founder and Director, Patient Services of NephroPlus added. “The Dialysis on Wheels concept was designed for Dialysis Patients to offer flexible treatment timings, reduce the risk of cross infections and eliminate the need of having an attendant to go to a centre for dialysis every time.” Kamal has been on dialysis for 23 years now and is a big ambassador of Home Hemodialysis model.