Dialysis Education

Our educational program is designed to acquaint you with the functions of the kidney, how to prevent or slow the progression of kidney disease, the types of treatment available, and the dietary or fluid changes that help adjust to life with kidney disease.

Classes are held at PeaceHealth's outpatient Dialysis Center located at 600 Broadway in Longview. The class lasts about 3 1/2 hours and finishes with a tour of the dialysis facility. Family and friends are welcome to attend. To sign up for this free class call (360)414-2268. One-on-one medical nutrition therapy (MNT) diet counseling is also available, to inquire about this resource call (360)414-2200.

What you will learn in this program:

  • The functions of the kidney
  • What kidney disease is
  • Treatment options to prolong the life of the kidney
  • Dietary and fluid intake changes
  • Adjusting to life with kidney disease--involving menu planning and emotional support
  • Insurance coverage
  • Traveling on dialysis 

Preventive Measures

Keeping your kidneys healthy. What can you do? Here are 10 ways to protect your kidneys:

  1. Exercise
  2. Don't abuse over the counter painkillers
  3. Weight control
  4. Get a physical annually
  5. Practice a healthy diet
  6. Find out your family's medical history
  7. Watch your cholesterol and blood pressure
  8. Find out about kidney disease
  9. Don't abuse alcohol or smoke
  10. If you are at risk, talk to your doctor